4 teens plead not guilty in stabbing death of Oceanside student

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Four teenagers were arraigned Tuesday in the stabbing death of an Oceanside student.

There are a total of eight teenagers indicted in connection with the September stabbing death of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris.

Four of them were arraigned Tuesday in Minneola on assault and gang assault charges. They are, 18-year old Javonte Neals, 17-year old Sean Merritt, 17-year old Taj Woodruff and 18-year old Marquis Stephens Jr.

Another teenager, 18-year-old Tyler Flach, has been charged with the fatal stabbing.

Attorneys for two of the four arraigned suspects said their clients had no idea what was going to happen at that fight.

All four of the teenagers pleaded not guilty. Woodruff's attorney says he wishes someone had spoken up.

"Young people should have spoken up, told their parents, told the principal that there was a situation brewing," said Donald Rollock, Woodruff's attorney. "A young man lost his life for no reason."

Two of the eight named in the indictment are minors and are not being identified. One of the minors was arraigned Monday.

Flach has maintained his innocence and is being held in jail without bail. He will be arraigned on Oct. 31.

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