Sunday, August 3, 2008

Florida teens ordered held on no bail in party death

Michael John Mendola

Simon Mihailovic

The Associated Press


A Sarasota judge says two teenagers must stay in jail while facing charges they murdered an 18-year-old high school student during a brawl outside an underage drinking party.

Attorneys for Simon Mihailovic and Michael John Mendola, both 17, unsuccessfully argued that the Riverview High School students should be given a bond because they were not a flight risk.

County Judge David Denkin rejected that Saturday.

Prosecutors told the judge that the teenagers had already fled once, from the scene of the early morning street brawl Tuesday that left Sarasota High School student Gregory Kennedy dead.

The medical examiner determined the death was caused by any one of three blows to Kennedy's head.

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