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Youth Accused in Fla. Tourist Slaying Pleads No Contest

Associated Press

The youngest of four teen-agers accused of killing a British tourist at an Interstate 10 rest stop near here pleaded no contest Thursday to a lesser charge and agreed to testify against the others.

Cedric Green, 14, pleaded no contest as a juvenile to one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Green’s lawyer, Greg Cummings, told Circuit Judge F. E. Steinmeyer that the plea agreement was in the best interest of Green, who was 13 at the time of the shooting. The attorney said Green would testify against the three others.

Green’s mother stood with her son, who was dressed in a shirt, shorts and sneakers, as Steinmeyer approved the agreement and praised Green’s behavior since his release in November, when the judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence against him in the slaying.

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“They tell me that you’re really on the right track,” the judge said. “I feel like you’ve got yourself going in the right direction. I want you to know how pleased I am.”

Gary Colley was fatally shot last September during a botched robbery. His companion, Margaret Jagger, was wounded.


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