Four Teens Plead Not Guilty to Fatal Attack on USC Grad Student
The four teens accused of the beating death of Chinese USC Graduate Student Xinran Ji, 24, plead not guilty in court Tuesday.
Jonathan Del Carmen, 19, and Andrew Garcia, 18, are charged along with Alberto Ochoa, 17, and Alejandra Guerrero, 16, in the attack of Ji at around 12:45 a.m. July 24th near 29th Street and Orchard Avenue.
Ji's family was not present in court today, but an attorney spoke on their behalf.
Dozens of Chinese students gathered at the arraignment to honor Ji.
One Chinese USC Graduate Student who showed up to support Ji said this is personal. She didn't want her name used, but that she said she feels as though he was "her brother."
"I want to support him. I want to ask for justice for him," she said.
The next court date is Sept. 12th and the accused are all jailed without bail.