Calif. Gang Rape Suspects Plead Not Guilty

Six suspects in court over 'cold and callous' attack on teen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 4:13 AM CST
A group attending a rally and vigil for the rape victim listen to speakers at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif..   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)
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(Newser) – Six men accused of raping a 15-year-old girl outside a high school homecoming dance in California pleaded not guilty yesterday in a courtroom packed with supportive friends and family. The men, who range in age from 15 to 21, face a variety of charges and will likely face life sentences if found guilty on all counts, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Police believe that they have arrested all the main participants in the assault, which was watched by up to 20 people. Prosecutors—who say no decision has been made on whether the victim will testify—believe a preliminary hearing for the six could still be months away. All six will remain in prison until their next court hearing early next year.

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