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Teens accused of murdering contractor, father to be tried as adults

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The judge ruled 16-year-old Corey Sandifer and 15-year-old Derek Cunningham, both claiming to be gang members, to be tried as adults. The judge ruled 16-year-old Corey Sandifer and 15-year-old Derek Cunningham, both claiming to be gang members, to be tried as adults.
A murder victim's wife faced the suspect killers in a courtroom Wednesday. A murder victim's wife faced the suspect killers in a courtroom Wednesday.
Investigators say Sandifer, Cunnigham and another teenager were involved in the robbery of J.P. Shelley and a business associate Octavio Sanchez. Investigators say Sandifer, Cunnigham and another teenager were involved in the robbery of J.P. Shelley and a business associate Octavio Sanchez.
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(WMC-TV) - A judge ruled the two teenagers accused of killing a contractor and father to be tried as adults.

A murder victim's wife faced the suspect killers in a courtroom Wednesday.

"Extremely difficult to see the defendants for the first time in person," said Beverly Shelley. "I think what I came away with is the just complete failure of the juvenile justice system after hearing page after page after page of all the offenses."

The judge ruled 16-year-old Corey Sandifer and 15-year-old Derek Cunningham, both claiming to be gang members, to be tried as adults.

Investigators say Sandifer, Cunnigham and another teenager were involved in the robbery of J.P. Shelley and a business associate Octavio Sanchez.

Cunningham, identified as the shooter, had an astounding history with the juvenile court system with 16 contacts.

"As the judge said, he had been through every program possible so there is not chance for rehabilitation," said prosecutor Ray Lepone.

Sanchez testified he met Shelley at a house in Parkway Village in October that Shelley wanted to renovate. Sanchez said he and Shelley handed over their wallets, phone, and iPad when the two teens with guns drawn asked for them.

"My husband gave you everything he had ... What more did you want?" said Beverly. "You also broke up my family. You've broken out lives my children's lives."

The mothers of the two teenagers, who were also in court, left without commenting.

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