Some ‘Jena Six’ teens to plead in beating case

updated 6:29 p.m. PT, Wed., June 24, 2009

NEW ORLEANS – Five of six black teens accused of beating a white classmate in a case that led to the biggest civil rights protest in decades will plead guilty in a deal expected to be finalized this week, Louisiana court officials involved with the case told The Associated Press Wednesday.

The six students were initially charged with attempted murder in the 2007 attack on Justin Barker in a case that became known as “Jena Six,” named after the town where the beating took place. Carwin Jones, Jesse Ray Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw had the charges reduced to aggravated second-degree battery. click here to read full story

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