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Local News in Brief : 4 Charged in Slaying of Homeless Man

Murder charges were filed Tuesday against four people who took part in an attack on a 20-year-old homeless man who was chased by a mob that stabbed and bludgeoned him to death on a downtown Los Angeles street.

Facing arraignment in Municipal Court Tuesday were James Turner and Adrian Norris, both 19, Robert Riley, 18, and Gerald Jackson, 25. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 27 years to life in state prison. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

Authorities said the victim, Damon C. Upchurch, apparently became involved in an argument with a group of men at Main and 5th streets early Friday.

A mob of 15 men wielding sticks, pipes and knives then chased the victim for two blocks before beating and stabbing him to death on Broadway.

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