Five men -- all of whom are alleged to be gang members -- pleaded not guilty for their supposed roles in the 2012 stomping death of a 14-year old boy, according to reports.
Javier Lamas Hernandez, 21; Scott Michael Conway Jr., 19; Jacob Jimmie Lynch, 18; Joe Chavarria Jr., 31; and Clemente Salas, 16, were all indicted on murder and felony charges, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
They were alleged to have been part of the gang of people who assaulted Heriberto Reyes, an eighth-grader at the time, on April 27, 2012, at Roosevelt Park in San Jose, the newspaper reported.
Prosecutors say that Heriberto was dropped off by his father at the park to play basketball. Heriberto, who was not in a gang, the newspaper reported, was set upon by the gang of five, who pulled up his shirt to look for gang tattoos.
Despite finding none, Heriberto was "savagely" beaten, according to the District Attorney, including "repeated" stomps to the head.
He died three days after the attack in a hospital.
The five men could be on trial in October, the newspaper reported.