Arrest made in gang-related double homicide

Tyrone Batten, photo courtesy Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection to a double homicide that claimed the lives of two teenagers in 2008.

Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department said Tyrone Demitrius Batten of Hampton has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, shooting in a public place causing injury, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony first offense and gang: participating in a criminal act.

Batton was charged in connection to the deaths of Barry Richardson, 16, and Keon Flemming, 15. The homicides occurred Dec. 30, 2008 and police said at the time the crime was gang-related.

Early information received suggested the victims and suspects were shooting at each other.

Further information was not released.

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