4 teen-agers held in Fla. slaying of British tourist

October 06, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MONTICELLO, Fla. -- Four teen-agers with dozens of previous arrests -- one as young as 13 -- were held yesterday in the slaying of a British tourist at a remote rest stop last month.

Leon County Judge Felix Johnston, an acting circuit judge, said that two of the teens would be charged as adults and that a grand jury would decide whether the other two would be treated as adults or juveniles.

The judge said he imposed a gag order on everyone involved in the case and refused to comment further after a series of closed hearings for the boys at the Jefferson County jail yesterday afternoon.

The 13-year-old has 15 previous arrests on more than 50 charges and has been held on unrelated auto theft charges at a juvenile detention center since the Sept. 14 killing.

The slain Briton, Gary Colley, 34, was the ninth tourist killed in Florida in less than a year.

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