- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Two of the three teenage suspects in the beating death of an Alexandria student were held without bond after a court hearing yesterday.

The three were arrested Tuesday and charged with the Sept. 13 murder of Schuyler Hamilton Jones, 16. Schuyler was found by police at 11 p.m. in the 300 block of King Street at Old Town Market Square.

Schuyler was taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At the hearing, a detective said that the trio approached Schuyler in Market Square.

Witnesses said one suspect struck Schuyler, who said he didn’t want to fight, the detective said.

But as he tried to run, he was knocked to the ground. Another suspect then pulled him up and hit him again. The suspects left the scene before police and medics arrived, the detective said.

Schuyler was a junior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and a member of the school rowing crew. The three suspects attend other schools.

According to police, when the three finished beating Schuyler, one of the teens asked a crowd that had gathered, “Anyone else from T.C. want some of this?”

Initially, Alexandria police denied that school rivalries had played a role in the beating.

The medical examiner testified that the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage. Authorities initially believed Schuyler hit his head on the pavement during the attack.

All three suspects, whose names were not released, are charged with second-degree murder. The suspect who was released on bond to his parents is accused of enticing the fight, not actually hitting Schuyler.

It was also disclosed that two of the suspects have juvenile records.

Police refused to identify the defendants because they are juveniles. Two are from Fairfax County and one from Alexandria. Two are 16 and one is 17, police said. The 17-year-old was a student at Bishop Ireton, a Catholic high school, and the two Fairfax suspects attended West Potomac High School.

Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Randolph Sengel said a hearing will be scheduled in Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The state will seek to have the defendants certified as adults for trial in Circuit Court, he said, but a juvenile judge still need to find probable cause to transfer the case to adult court.

The next hearing for the three is Oct. 21.

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