Murder suspects to be tried as adults

Three were murdered in a Newark school playground
September 15, 2008 7:03:15 AM PDT
Two remaining juvenile suspects in last summer's schoolyard slayings in Newark will be tried as adults.Sixteen-year-old Shahid Baskerville of Morristown and 15-year-old Gerardo Gomez of Newark were waived up to adult court Thursday.

Both teens face three counts of murder in addition to weapons charges. Baskerville also is charged with aggravated sexual assault.

The two youths and four other suspects are charged in the execution-style slayings of three friends.

Twenty-year-old Iofemi Hightower, 20-year-old Dashon Harvey and 18-year-old Terrance Aeriel were shot as they knelt in front of a wall in a school playground.

Aeriel's sister, Natasha, survived and helped authorities identify suspects.