By Laura Crimaldi
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Three of the nine teens accused of the brutal bullying of South Hadley High School freshman Phoebe Prince will be arraigned early next week, court officials announced today.
Sean Mulveyhill, 17, Kayla Narey, 17, both of South Hadley, and Austin Renaud, 18, of Springfield are set to appear in court at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the criminal clerk’s office at the Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.
Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said on Monday the teens were a part of a “nearly three month campaign of verbally assaultive behavior and threats of physical harm” toward Prince, 15, an Irish immigrant.
Mulveyhill is charged with statutory rape, violation of civil rights resulting in bodily injury, criminal harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.
Narey is charged with one count of violation of civil rights resulting with bodily injury, criminal harassment and disturbance of a school assembly.
Renaud is charged with one count of statutory rape.
South Hadley students Ashley Longe, 16, Flannery Mullins, 16, and Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 16, have also been charged in the case as youthful offenders. Scheibel’s office said the juvenile court is handling their cases.
Three other teen girls were also indicted in connection with Prince’s death, but they were not named by prosecutors because of their ages.
One of those girls faces a charge of assault by means of a dangerous weapon after she allegedly threw a bottle at Prince as she walked home on Jan. 14 - the day of her death, prosecutors said.
Prince’s sister found her hanged in a hallway leading to their second-floor apartment wearing the same clothes she wore to school, Scheibel said.
Narey is represented by attorney Michael O. Jennings of Springfield. On Monday, Jennings said he has not seen the evidence and did not know what Narey is accused of doing.
Renaud is represented by attorney Terrence M. Dunphy, who did not return messages yesterday or today. The court clerk’s office said no one has filed an appearance to represent Mulveyhill.