Teen Shot in Burglary Was Part of 'Knockout Gang'

Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:14 PM by Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS - Arrest records show a 15-year-old burglary suspect who was killed by a St. Louis homeowner also was a suspected member of the so-called "Knockout Gang" that attacked a man.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that that Demetrius Murphy was among six juveniles charged with punching a 53-year-old man in October 2011. But the case fell apart after a 13-year-old witness failed to show up in court.

Police said Friday that Murphy was shot and killed while trying to break into a home with another teen, 17-year-old Michael Bryant III. Police say the homeowner was justified.

Bryant faces a second-degree murder charge because Murphy's death occurred during the commission of a felony in which Bryant is a suspect. No attorney is listed for Bryant in online court records.

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