FLINT (WJRT) (10/24/2017) - The five Clio teenagers arrested in connection with the death of Kenneth White, who died after being hit by a rock thrown onto I-75, were formally arraigned on 10 charges apiece Tuesday.
They were identified as 17-year-old Kyle Anger and 15-year-old Mark Sekelski, Mikadyn Payne, Alexander Miller and Trevor Gray. Anger was singled out as the suspect that threw the rock that hit White.
The teens all are being charged as adults with one count of second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, six counts apiece of felony malicious destruction of property and two counts apiece of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.
All five appeared in 67th District Court in Flint, where the judge read each of the charges against the boys. All five boys pleaded not guilty without making any other statements about the case.
They remain in custody without bond while awaiting a hearing on Nov. 2. If convicted of the most serious charges, the teens face up to life in prison.
The teens, who all attend Clio High School, are accused of throwing more than a dozen large rocks from the Dodge Road overpass onto southbound I-75. One of the rocks crashed through the windshield of a van in which White was riding, killing him.
Police say at least four other car sustained damage from the rocks.
The teens also are accused of throwing a tire off another overpass before throwing the rocks off Dodge Road.
Clio Area Schools Superintendent Fletcher Spears III released a statement on Tuesday expressing condolences for White's family and friends. He pointed out the case is personal for many people who drive that stretch of I-75.
"This is an extremely difficult time for our entire community. Whether we knew Mr. White, those who are being charged and their families, or have driven this same stretch of road countless times, many of us have a personal connection with this senseless tragedy," Spears wrote. "This is a stark reminder that we need to impress upon all of our young people that actions have consequences: and sometimes those consequences can be tragic."
School officials are providing support to staff, students and community members affected by the incident, Spears said.