CAMDEN, NJ — Three additional teenagers are in custody and have been charged in the beating death of a homeless man in Camden, authorities said Tuesday.
There are now a total of five teens facing charges in the killing.
Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki said the teens - ages 12, 13, and 14 - have been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
A 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were previously charged in the fatal June 30 beating.
Officers responded to the 1100 block of Kaighn Avenue in Camden on June 25 a little after midnight on a report of an unresponsive man in an alleyway.
The man, who had suffered multiple injuries to the head, was identified as 63-year-old Bobby J. Hill. He was sent to a local hospital and later pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma.
"Through further investigation, detectives tied the three juveniles, who were 11, 12, and 13 at the time of the homicide, to the crime through witness statements and surveillance footage," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
All five of the juveniles are awaiting court proceedings.