Juvenile schoolyard murder suspects plead not guilty
(04/24/08) NEWARK - Two juveniles being tried as adults in last summer's schoolyard slayings in Newark plead not guilty. Sixteen-year-old Shahid Baskerville of Morristown and 15-year-old Gerardo Gomez of Newark appeared in adult court Thursday. Both teens face three counts of murder in addition to weapons charges. Baskerville also is charged with aggravated sexual assault. The two youths and four other suspects are charged in the execution-style slayings of three friends. Twenty-year-old Iofemi Hightower, 20-year-old Dashon Harvey and 18-year-old Terrance Aeriel were shot as they knelt in front of a wall in a school playground. Aeriel's sister, Natasha, survived and helped authorities identify suspects. Baskerville and Gomez are each being held on $1 million bail.
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