April trial date set for teen accused of killing parents

An April 23 trial date has been set for Alexander Crain, the 15-year-old Golden Gate Estates teen who is accused of killing his parents, Thomas and Kelly Crain, in December.

Collier Circuit Judge Frederick Hardt also approved an April 18 pre-trial date. Both are set for 9 a.m.

The teen, who will be tried as an adult, was not present in court on Monday. He remained in the Collier County jail, but in the juvenile wing.

Two weeks ago a motion to exclude all photographic and electronic media during further pre-trial and eventual trial coverage was denied by Hardt. But Brian Bieber, one of Crain’s attorneys who brought the motion forth, filed a separate request to exclude Crain from attending the case management hearing on Monday. Bieber reasoned that the hearing would be brief, would discuss scheduling matters and Crain did not need to be present.

Attorney Mark Rankin, another one of Crain’s attorneys, represented him Monday. He said there have been discussions about a possible plea deal, but so far prosecutors have not made an official offer, NBC-2 reported.

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