Facing life in prison for the first-degree murder charges are two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old who are being charged with the death of Tam Ninh Thai.
Charged are Reco Antonio Davis, Tevin Johnson and Kiwane Narcisse. Davis is 15 and the other two are 16. They were booked into the Vermilion Parish Correctional Facility Thursday afternoon. Their bond is set at $250,000 each.
Their arraignment date is Feb 16.
According to David Hardy, head of the detective unit for the Abbeville Police Department, the three teens allegedly meant to rob Thai, but instead, they allegedly beat him up, which may have caused his death, before the robbery.
After the robbery/murder occurred at the intersection of South Lyman Street and Felicity, the teens left the victim on the street.
The teens left the scene and then returned and saw the man was not moving. One of the teens called 911 and reported a man on the ground.
The Abbeville Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance responded to the medical call. The man was still alive when the first responders arrived but died the next day at Abbeville General Hospital.
The detectives obtained a copy of the 911 call and learned the identity of the caller, who was a juvenile. The officers made contact with the mother of the juvenile and had the juvenile brought to the police department. The teen and his mother soon arrived at the police department also bringing another teen and his mother.