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Three teenagers plead not guilty in killing of Kansas man


OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Three 14-year-old teenagers who are charged in the shooting death of a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Monday in juvenile court to first-degree murder.

The three are among six young teenagers charged in the May 14 death of 19-year-old Marco Cardino of Smithville, Missouri. His body was found in a car parked in an Olathe, Kansas, park.

A first appearance for a fourth 14-year-old was postponed Monday until June 15, The Kansas City Star reported.

Two 13-year-olds also are charged in Cardino's death.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe has filed motions to try the 14-year-olds as adults. Kansas law does not allow 13-year-old children to be tried as adults.

Howe has said the shooting stemmed from a marijuana deal that went bad but details of the shooting have not been released.