Four Houston teens have been charged with killing a homeless man who had just $1 on him when he resisted being robbed.
The youngest of the accused, a 16-year-old girl, told police they had found $2 on Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, but police later determined that she had seen a single dollar bill torn in half, the Houston Chronicle reported.
"They killed a man for a one dollar bill torn in half," said Houston Police Sgt. Brian Harris.
Police said one of the teens, Carlos Fernandez, 18, confessed to the killing and that the four had initially talked about robbing prostitutes but changed their minds when they came across Rosales Ramos on April 4.
Fernandez, Marilyn Villarreal, 18, and Michael Correa, 17, went before a judge Wednesday on murder charges. The 16-year-old has also been charged but not named because she is a minor.
Police noted that the four came from what most would consider good families, KHOU-TV reported, particularly the 16-year-old.
"She’s sitting in a queen-size feather bed, watching her 32-inch plasma TV and living in the lap of luxury," Detective Fil Waters said in describing the girl's surroundings at the time of her arrest.
None of the suspects have shown remorse, Waters added.
"There were some tears, but not for Pedro -- for themselves," KHOU-TV quoted him as saying.
Two of the teens are also suspected in at least one recent home invasion robbery in the Houston area, Click2Houston.com reported.
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