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West Memphis, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

West Memphis Teen Accused Of Destroying Monument

April 11, 2005 -- Posted at 9:30 p.m. CDT

West Memphis, AR -- The granite monument honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled only a week ago, but is already destroyed.

Members of the Delta Neighborhood Action Council say they have worked for nearly two decades to get the monument, honoring King, in place.

The seventeen year old West Memphis teen arrested for vandalizing the monument was in court Monday morning, but his case will be continued for two weeks until prosecutors decide whether charges will be filed in criminal court or juvenile court.

Delta members are asking for the teen to be tried as adult.

"We want to make sure that justice is done.  We want to send out a statement, a clear statement, that this will not be tolerated," said one Delta member.

The teen is currently on house arrest until an April 25th court appearance.

The teen faces up to ten years in jail and a fine of up to fifteen thousand dollars if convicted as an adult.

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