Bond lowered in Elgin teen's murder

John Keyes, 17, of Elgin, was beaten to death while pinned against a buildling by a car, police said.

April 27, 2010 2:35:52 PM PDT
A judge has lowered the bond for a 16-year-old boy charged in the murder of Elgin teenager John Keyes.

Keyes, 17, was struck by a car and then beaten in November 2009.

Lacorbek Benion is charged with first-degree murder in Keyes' death. On Tuesday, his bond was lowered from $3 million to $250,000.

Benion's mother, Timera Branch, also faces first-degree murder charges in the case. She is accused of intentionally driving the car into Keyes, which crushed his body into a building.

Benion allegedly beat him with a baseball bat while he was pinned by the car.

Should Benion post bond, he will be on electronic home monitoring.


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