5 teens denied bond in deadly highway rock-throwing case

Genesee County Sheriff's Department  Kenneth White

They were expressionless during their arraignment Tuesday as they pleaded not guilty.

A second degree murder charge carries the potential of life in prison. "For some senseless act for it to be just a rock".

The teens, identified as Alexander Miller, Mikadyn Payne, Trevor Gray, Mark Sekelsky and Kyle Anger, range in age from 15 to 17. "This is the hardest thing I've ever did in my life", White Sr. said.

The teens were arraigned before Genesee District Judge William H. Crawford II on Tuesday, Oct. 24 on charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, malicious destruction of property and other felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the death of Kenneth A. White.

Mr Pickell said the teenagers went to McDonald's after the alleged incident on an overpass.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell confirmed to CNN that based on their investigation, officials believe Kyle Anger, 17, threw the rock that killed White, but all five boys are being charged with the same counts. In a statement about the charges, Genessee County Prosecutor David Leyton said: "I don't think this was a deliberate attempt to take somebody's life".

White, a construction worker and father of a 5-year-old son, was heading home in a van driven by a friend about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.


Police said about 20 rocks were thrown from the overpasses, as well as a tire.

The van's driver recollected that apart from his vehicle, four other cars were also disabled by the shower of rocks on the Interstate highway.

White's father said the life sentence the teenagers face is not enough. Aimee Cagle, White's fiancée tells PEOPLE.

"To propel the size of boulder down from the Dodge Road overpass to a 70 miles per hour vehicle that's headed southbound, you ought to know - a reasonable person would know - that is creating a high risk of great bodily harm, or in this case, death", said David Leyton, the county prosecutor, according to ABC12.

Pickell did not say whether anyone was injured in that incident.

"The young people are charged criminally, a young boy lost his father and all of the families are left grieving", he said.

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