14-year-old Philadelphia boy to be charged as adult for allegedly beating man to death with traffic cone

14-year-old Philadelphia boy to be charged as adult for allegedly beating man to death with traffic cone

The Philadelphia teenager who turned himself in for the beating death of a 73-year-old man caught on camera will be charged as an adult.

Richard Jones, 14, has been charged with the murder of James Lambert, as well as criminal conspiracy, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed to the Daily News Wednesday.

Surveillance footage captures four boys and three girls taunting Lambert just before 3 a.m. on June 24. Lambert was hit several times with a traffic cone and died a day later from blunt force trauma, according to police.

The video shows the group, all believed to be in their early- to mid-teens, running after Lambert down the street while one holds the traffic cone, then throws it at Lambert, who falls to the ground. A girl then picks up the cone and throws it again at Lambert, still on the pavement. As he tries running away, the girl again throws the cone at him.

Jones and his 10-year-old brother turned themselves in Monday, but the younger boy has since been released.

The teen is being held on a $750,000 bail at a juvenile detention center.


KATE FELDMAN