- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

JENA, LA. (AP) - Lawyers for some members of the “Jena Six” say prosecutors and defense attorneys are discussing the possible terms of plea agreements that would resolve the remaining criminal cases.

Lawyers for Jesse Ray Beard and Carwin Jones wouldn’t disclose details of Wednesday’s talks. Beard, Jones, and four other black Jena High School students were charged with attempted murder in the 2006 attack on a white classmate. The charges spawned a massive civil rights march through the Louisiana city in 2007.

Mychal Bell is the only member of the group whose case has been resolved. He pleaded guilty in December 2007 to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Jones, Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw now face aggravated second-degree battery charges.

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