Detective testifies boys denied roles in killing

14-year-olds facing murder charges.Police say witnesses put suspects at scene of shooting.

Two 14-year-old boys accused of wounding one man and killing another have denied involvement in the June 11 Lawrenceville shooting, a detective testified Tuesday.

Det. John Rowell of the Gwinnett County Police Department said multiple witnesses identified the teenagers, Michael Anthony White and Brandon Ennis.

The boys, who will be tried as adults, appeared at a probable cause hearing Tuesday morning wearing orange, oversized prison jumpsuits that seemed to swallow their lean frames. Ennis' mother broke into tears and became ill.

Ennis is charged with murder for allegedly firing an automatic rifle into a car and killing the driver, 21-year-old Demetrius White, who is not related to Michael White. A passenger, Carl Judson, 17, of Norcross, was shot in the arm.

Michael White is charged with murder as a party to the crime.

The shooting occurred in front of the quadraplex where White lives with his mother and two sisters on Caboose Court in Lawrenceville.

A third suspect, Kevin Henderson, 20, is still being sought. He is believed to be in California.

White asked police to call his mom when they arrested him and Ennis last week at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. The two boys had just returned from a trip to California.

Rowell said an officer could not reach White's mother and left a phone message, but Ennis and White were subsequently questioned without a parent or attorney present.

Police said Demetrius White and his friends drove to Caboose Court to "settle a score" with Michael White's sister.

"They were there to fight with their fists," Rowell said, adding that no weapons were found in the victim's car.

Ennis initially claimed he was home with his grandmother that night. He later changed his story, saying that he and White were hanging out at an automobile parts store. Police withheld information about the rest of the interview with Ennis.

The detective said White admitted being at Caboose Court when the shots were fired. He told detectives that he walked up to the victim's car to look inside after the gunfire erupted. He insisted that he had no part in the confrontation, Rowell said.

Rowell said six to eight people witnessed the shooting from the street. Five other people who accompanied Demetrius White to the quadraplex also saw what happened.

Some of the witness reports were mixed, but detectives kept hearing a familiar refrain. Rowell said all the witnesses described the shooter as between 12 and 16 and "extremely young for what had taken place."