Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 25, 2013

Virginia Beach teen guilty in other teen's slaying

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach teenager faces life in prison for fatally shooting another teen to silence him on a botched robbery plot.

Jabril Jamal Holliday was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the June 2011 slaying of Kody Scruton, a 17-year-old from Norfolk.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that trial testimony and evidence revealed that the then 15-year-old Holliday killed Scruton because he refused to participate in the failed robbery attempt. He feared he'd tell police.

Holliday is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 17.

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