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July 13, 2006
Photo / 15 year old pleads innocent to murder
Phearin Rot in Superior Court today.
--- Journal photo Andrew Dickerman
PROVIDENCE – The second-youngest murder defendant in Rhode Island in more than a century pled not guilty today to three charges when he was arraigned in Superior Court.
Phearin Rot, 15, the former Nathanael Greene Middle School student charged with the June 2005 slaying of Jamont Richardson over a $10-debt for hair braiding, appeared before Judge Jeffrey A. Lanphear, according to Michael J. Healey, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.
The Providence County Grand Jury indicted Rot last week on charges of murder, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting, and carrying a pistol without a license. He had also been charged with murder conspiracy, but the grand jury did not return an indictment on that count, Healey said.
Rot’s private defense lawyer, Steve DiLibero, requested a status conference in two weeks, possibly to argue for bail to be set for Rot. That court date was set for July 27.
Rot is now held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Healey said.
Additionally, a pre-trial conference has been set for Aug. 15 before Judge Robert D. Krause.
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