Hearing in French artist's slaying to resume Jan. 9

Associated Press

Detroit — A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether three people should stand trial for murder in the shooting of a 23-year-old French street artist during a robbery outside an abandoned Detroit housing project.

Twenty-three-year-old Bilal Berreni of Paris was found dead in July 2013. He had no identification, and it took seven months before police identified him through fingerprints.

A judge began hearing testimony Tuesday to decide whether there's probable cause to send the case to trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. The hearing resumes Jan. 9.

Defendants Drequone Lamar Rich, from left, Jasin Reno Curtis, and Dionte Darryl Travis, at their preliminary hearing for the murder of French artist Bilal Berreni at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2014.

Seventeen-year-old Dionte Travis, 18-year-old Jasin Curtis and 20-year-old Drequone Rich are charged with first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole in Michigan.

A 14-year-old is awaiting a separate trial in juvenile court.