Milwaukee (WISN)- Family members of a teen who authorities said was beaten with a hammer and burned over an accusation of a stolen video game packed a Milwaukee County courthouse on Wednesday morning as his accused killer faced a judge.
Through his attorney, Malik Terrell entered a not guilty plea to a first-degree homicide charge in connection with the brutal death of 15-year-old Dennis King, who was affectionately known by family and friends as "Boo Man."
, the 21-year-old Terrell attacked the teen and then burned his body in a nearby abandoned home. He also allegedly conspired with his brothers to make the attack look like it was self-defense, telling a 911 operator that King and another person broke into the home and robbed Terrell and his brothers at gunpoint.
King’s family members didn’t speak publicly on Wednesday, but at a vigil for her son, Dombanee Lincoln described him as a "sweet" and "kind-hearted" boy.
Terrell remains held in the Milwaukee County Jail on $500,000 bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for July 9. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in prison.
Terrell’s mother and brother face separate charges of helping him get to Chicago after King’s death.