Two more juveniles arrested in Phenix City teen murder case

Two more juveniles arrested in Phenix City teen murder case
Joseph Thorpe, 16. Photo source: Russell County Sheriff's Office
Joseph Thorpe, 16. Photo source: Russell County Sheriff's Office
Carey Johnson, 16. Photo source: Russell County Sheriff's Office
Carey Johnson, 16. Photo source: Russell County Sheriff's Office

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Two more juveniles have been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Tyrelle Kynard of Phenix City, according to Assistant Chief of Police Robert Casteel.

Carey Johnson, 16, and Joseph Thorpe, 16, are now in custody. The pair is chair with attempted murder.

In a press release police said today "during the course of the investigation, it was determined that Thorpe and Johnson were firing weapons recklessly towards a large crowd creating a grave risk of injury or death after attending a party at the Central Activity Center in Phenix City."

The announcement of the two new arrests comes just two days after Martavious Miles, 17, of Phenix City was arrested and charged with the murder on Monday, Sept. 22.  It's a double loss the family says they're working to grow through.

"We know it was an accident. We're going to get through this thing. We're going to get through this thing," aunt and family spokesperson, Susan Koen explains.

A bond hearing was held Wednesday, Sept. 24 for all three juveniles charged in connection with Kynard's murder. The Russell County Sheriff's Office tells me Johnson and Thorpe were granted $500,000 bonds. Miles was granted a one million dollar bond.

Investigators say the motive for the shooting is still undetermined at this time and at this point, no additional suspects have been identified.

Miles, Johnson and Thorpe will all be charged as adults.

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