FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Lawyers for the three teens charged with setting another boy on fire in Deerfield Beach last year have rejected a plea deal.
The defendants, who have been charged as adults with attempted murder, were in Broward County court Wednesday. Prosecutors were seeking guilty pleas from Matthew Bent, Denver Jarvis, and Jesus Mendez, but the deal was rejected by defense attorneys.
The details of the deal were not disclosed, and the teens will return to court Friday.
Authorities say the three teens doused 16-year-old Michael Brewer with rubbing alcohol in October 2009 and set him on fire. Brewer managed to put the fire out by jumping into a nearby swimming pool, but he was left with severe burns over most of his body.