A 15-year-old boy was held for court today on accusations that he severely beat his friend in Grandview Park earlier this summer.
Kenneth Murphy, of Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood, faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery. Prosecutors today added a second count of robbery.
Officers from the Pittsburgh police Zone 3 station in Allentown began investigating after passersby spotted Allan Littlejohn Jr., also 15, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, crawling out of a wooded area July 31 in Grandview Park.
Allan testified today that he and Kenneth fought on July 30 over a misunderstanding about a girl but agreed to meet up about that night and go to a CoGo's together.
When they passed through Grandview Park, Allan testified, Kenneth asked what his last words would be.
Allan said Kenneth choked him and kicked him until he lost consciousness. He said he awoke in the woods the next day, when it was raining and sunny, and began crawling up the wooded hillside.
Adelaide Eichman, who treated Allan in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, testified today that Allan had injuries consistent with an attack by a human and that he also had cuts along his neck that could be caused by an instrument such as a knife or a cord.
Allan told police that when he awoke several items, including his cell phone and wristwatch, were missing.
Blaine Jones, the attorney representing Kenneth, said police searched his client's home for those items but did not find them. He asked District Judge Oscar Petite to dismiss those charges at the preliminary hearing. The judge did not.
Mr. Jones said Kenneth is "contrite" about the fight.
"It was a fight, Mr. Jones said. "Did it go too far? Possibly. It was a fist fight."
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