25-year-old Fredrick Young of Detroit and 23-year-old Ferlando Hunter of Jackson have recently been charged in the 2012 execution-style deaths of two teens whose bodies were found in a Detroit field, according to news reports at Mlive.com.
The victims, 18-year-old Jacob Kudla and 17-year-old Jourdan Bobbish, were believed to have been robbed and tortured prior to their deaths which family members believe occurred because of a drug deal gone awry. Young and Hunter were scheduled to be arraigned on April 30 on charges of torture, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, felony firearm, first-degree premeditated murder, and first-degree felony murder.
The two defendants were also previously charged in the death of a 62-year-old Vietnam War veteran; Young’s trial in that case is scheduled for June 16. Hunter was found guilty of armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, felony murder, and other charges in that case, and is serving life in prison.
Jourdan Bobbish’s father said after the teens’ bodies were found in the field and identified that he believed his son and Jacob Kudla were “easy targets.” Mike Bobbish said that the two teens were riding around in a car that had a “souped up” sound system and wearing new sneakers. Following the murders, the vehicle was found abandoned with the sound system missing according to authorities.
While the loss of the lives of two teenage boys in such a senseless manner is certainly a tragedy, two men in the prime of their lives will now likely spend the remainder of their years behind bars. However, even individuals charged with the most serious or violent crimes may have other options which can mitigate the damage to their lives. A highly skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney will examine the details of a defendant’s case to determine whether it is preferable to go to trial, or to try to work a plea deal with prosecutors. In many cases pleading guilty or no contest will leave the defendant facing less serious criminal penalties.
Anyone who has been accused of murder, home invasion, armed robbery, or other violent or serious crimes must contact an aggressive and experienced defense lawyer immediately.