Five Charged In Homeless Man Beating Take Deal

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A Marin County judge has ordered a 19-year-old man to stand trial for brutally beating a local transient with a skateboard on a Bolinas beach.

Lamont Donyelle Elkins is one of six young men charged in the June stabbing and beating of 33-year-old Ricky Green. After reviewing photographs that showed Green "beaten to a pulp," Judge Paul Haakenson ruled Friday there was enough evidence for Elkins to be tried on charges of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

The other five people charged pleaded guilty to assault on Thursday in exchange for having attempted murder charges dropped.

A trial date has not been set.

Information from: Marin Independent Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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