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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:39 pm

The trials for two Virginia teenagers accused of the beating death of an elderly Tempe man the evening after his granddaughter's wedding, was set to begin this month, but have been rescheduled for March.

Kenneth Davis and Vernon Jackson, who were both 16, each have been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of George Baker III, 81, in Lynchburg, Va. on Sept. 5, 2010. A 13-year-old, who police say also participated in the beating, has been charged with first-degree murder and his trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 28.

Police say Davis, now 17, and Jackson attacked and beat Baker in downtown Lynchburg as he was walking from his hotel to a restaurant the evening after his granddaughter's wedding. Baker, who lived in the Tempe Garden Estates neighborhood, died hours later at a nearby hospital.

Davis' trial will begin March 9, and Jackson's trial will begin March 14. The Deputy Commonwealth Attorney's Office of Lynchburg was waiting for forensic lab results to come back, but they would not have been done in time for January court proceedings.

Davis and Jackson will be tried as adults and are facing life in prison.

They currently are being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

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