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Teen indicted on murder charges for deadly school brawl in February

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A Howard County grand jury Wednesday indicted on first-degree murder charges the Columbia man accused of fatally striking a former Mount Hebron High School student with an aluminum bat.

Kevin Klink, 18, an Oakland Mills graduate and former wrestling champion, also was charged with first-degree assault, riot, wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and carrying a dangerous weapon on school property in the beating of Robert Brazell, who died less than 48 hours later at Maryland Shock Trauma.

The riot charge names two other juveniles who participated in the brawl Feb. 24 on an athletic field at Mount Hebron, which involved about 25 teens, according to witness accounts and court papers.

"Riot," in Wharton?s Criminal Law, is defined as a "breach of the peace of such as to cause public terror, committed by an assembly of three or more persons."

The juveniles, whose names were redacted, have not been charged, but their inclusion in the indictment suggested thestate attorney?s office?s investigation extends beyond Klink.

"We can neither confirm nor deny that there is an ongoing investigation," said T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the state?s attorney?s office.

Klink?s attorney, Samuel Truette, also declined a reporter?s request for comment.

The fight, which resulted in the fifth homicide in Howard since 2006, pitted a mixed group of about a dozen of Klink?s acquaintances, most of them Hammond High School students, against a group of about 15 Mount Hebron High students, witnesses said.

Cori Geiger, an area high school student who was involved in the fight, told The Examiner in February that Klink struck Brazell with a black aluminum bat in defense of one of his friends, who lay on the ground getting beaten.

jpalazzolo@baltimoreexaminer.com

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