Teen accused of killing parents pleads not guilty

Attorneys for Alex Crain, the 14-year-old Golden Gate Estates boy accused of killing his parents, entered a written plea of not-guilty for their client preceding a Monday morning arraignment.

Neither Crain nor his attorneys were present at the formal hearing. The not-guilty plea, typical at a felony arraignment, was entered into the court file weeks earlier.

The teenager is charged with two counts of manslaughter with a firearm for the deaths of his parents Thomas and Kelly Crain. The pair were found slain in the family's Golden Gate Estates home on Dec. 9. Each count is a first-degree felony that carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.

Collier Circuit Court Judge Fred Hardt is the assigned trial judge in the case; Assistant State Attorney Rich Montecalvo will prosecute the case.

Crain is next scheduled for a case management conference on June 6.

One of his attorneys, Brian Bieber, said on Monday that he anticipates an earlier hearing in the case, after Bieber and co-counsel Mark Rankin file a motion to exclude electronic media including video cameras and still-image cameras from the courtroom. That motion has yet to be filed.

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