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4 facing counts in death of man found beaten down embankment

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 28, 2017 2:39 PM
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(Reading) -- Four men are heading to trial on charges in the beating and death of a man found at the bottom of an eastern Pennsylvania embankment.

The Reading Eagle reports that 21-year-old Kyle Adams was ordered held for court Tuesday in Berks County on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges in the December death of 18-year-old Donavin Yenser.

Nineteen-year-old Paul Cook Jr. faces similar charges. He and two other men facing assault counts waived hearings.

Authorities allege that the four beat Yenser near Reading's Pagoda over a marijuana theft.

Adams' attorney, Robert Kirwan II, said a co-defendant's testimony Tuesday showed that his client caused no life-threatening injuries and he was "very confident the murder charges will not be sustained." Cook's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

An earlier story appears below.

(Reading) -- Four men are facing charges in the death of a man found beaten at the bottom of an eastern Pennsylvania embankment.

The Reading Eagle reports that 21-year-old Kyle Adams was ordered held for court Tuesday in Berks County on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges in the December death of 18-year-old Donavin Yenser.

Facing similar charges is 19-year-old Paul Cook Jr. He and two other men facing assault counts waived hearings.

Authorities allege that the four beat Yenser near Reading's Pagoda over a marijuana theft from a juvenile.

Adams' attorney, Robert Kirwan II, said a co-defendant's testimony Tuesday showed that his client caused no life-threatening injuries and he was "very confident the murder charges will not be sustained." Cook's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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