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Third teen charged as adult in Bevo Mill hammer death

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Juan Carlos Fabian-Lutz, 16, is facing first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. He and others are accused of beating Zemir Begic, 32, to death with hammers Juan Carlos Fabian-Lutz, 16, is facing first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. He and others are accused of beating Zemir Begic, 32, to death with hammers
Zemir Begic Zemir Begic
Darrian Johner is charged in the hammer beating death of Zemir Begic Darrian Johner is charged in the hammer beating death of Zemir Begic
17-year-old Robert Mitchell is being charged as an adult with murder and armed criminal action. 17-year-old Robert Mitchell is being charged as an adult with murder and armed criminal action.

 ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A third teen was charged as an adult in the beating death of a Bevo Mill man in late 2014.

Court records show Juan Carlos Fabian-Lutz, 16, is facing first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges.

Zemir Begic, 32, was found unconscious with apparent injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska at 1:15 a.m. on November 30, 2014. Police say Begic was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

According to police, Begic was in his vehicle when “several juveniles” approached his car and began damaging it. When Begic exited his vehicle the teenagers yelled and struck him with hammers.

Following the assault, the teenagers fled the scene on foot. Police said Fabian-Lutz and a 15-year-old boy were located a short-time later and placed in the custody of juvenile authorities. They had been charged with first degree murder under the juvenile system, but Fabian-Lutz's charges were upgraded Tuesday. 

“This crime is extremely heinous, it's extremely gruesome and I think it's appropriate for them to stand trial as adults,” St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said when charges were first announced in 2014.

Two other teens were already facing adult murder charges. Darrion Johner, 16, and Robert Mitchell, 17, were arrested after the attack.

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