Teen Pleads Innocent in Videotaped Beating Death of NJ Immigrant Dad

Victim never regained consciousness after vicious attack

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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Teen Pleads Innocent in Videotaped Beating Death of NJ Immigrant Dad

Khayri Williams-Clark, 18, from Summit, N.J., was arrested July 22 along with an unidentified 17-year-old from Summit.

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A New Jersey teenager has pleaded innocent in the beating death of an immigrant during an attack which was allegedly videotaped by another youth.

A public defender entered the plea Friday on behalf of 18-year-old Khayri Williams-Clark, who was not in court.

He faces manslaughter charges in the death of 47-year-old Abelino Mazaniego, an El Salvador native who was sitting on a bench in Summit's downtown Promenade area Saturday night when he was attacked a group of teens.

Prosecutors say Mazaniego sustained severe head trauma and died Tuesday from his injuries. They say the attack appears to have been unprovoked.

A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old also have been charged in the case.

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