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Trial Set for One Youth in Death of Counselor

Trial Set for One Youth in Death of Counselor

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Trial has been set for January for one of the two teenagers charged in the beating death of a counselor at a group home.

Jesse Simmons, who was 17 when Anson Arnett, 31, was killed, appeared Tuesday before 5th District Court Judge G. Michael Westfall, who said he could not yet set the specific date of the trial.

Simmons and Sean Graham, who also was 17 when Arnett was killed, are charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnaping, theft and auto theft.

Arnett was killed on March 8. He was beaten with a baseball bat and left locked in a closet. The two youths allegedly fled the scene in the academy's van with some items that could be pawned.

Separate trials were ordered for the defendants, who are being tried as adults.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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