Newport News police arrest man in '08 slayings

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News authorities have arrested and charged a Hampton man in a 2008 double slaying.

Police say 21-year-old Tyrone Demitrius Batten faces two counts of first-degree murder, two firearms counts and a gang participation charge.

The victims were 16-year-old Barry Eugene Richardson of Newport News and 15-year-old Keon Otis Flemming of Smithfield. Police said at the time of the Dec. 30, 2008, shootings that the slayings appeared to be gang related.

Police said Batten was arrested Friday and was being held without bond Monday.

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