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Alaska man visiting Arkansas dies after attack

MALVERN, AR (KAIT) - Four teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Juneau, Alaska, resident who was in Arkansas visiting relatives and friends.

KATV reports that the teens initially faced a first-degree battery count and were ordered to remain in custody following a detention hearing on Wednesday. But after the victim, Kevin Thornton, died those charges were upgraded Thursday morning.

Sheriff's deputies received a call July 20 about a man who had been assaulted near Glen Rose.

Investigators determined that Thornton and a friend were walking to a friend's house when they were attacked. The friend got away.

Thornton was transported to a Little Rock hospital where he remained on life support until he was pronounced dead Wednesday.

His age wasn't available. The teenagers' names weren't released.

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