Two teens were ordered held pending trial in an escape from a juvenile detention facility.
Stephine Woodley, 18, and Raymir Lampkin, 16, were in court for detention hearings Wednesday. Superior Court Judge John Rauh ordered both held, but they will remain in juvenile facilities since they were minors when the offense occurred.
They along with Michael Huggins and Donovan Nickerson allegedly escaped the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center in Egg Harbor City on Nov. 15, by assaulting a youth officer. They then fled in another worker’s car, which they crashed, according to the charges.
The four also area accused of entering a home nearby and stealing a rifle.
Huggins was 18 at the time of the escape, so he was sent to the Atlantic County Justice Facility, where he remains following a detention hearing at that time. He was briefly in court Wednesday to plead not guilty.
He, Woodley and Lampkin were indicted by a grand jury last week on several counts, including escape, robbery, assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a rifle and possession of a community gun.
They also are charged with conspiracy on several of the counts.
Lampkin, who already was charged as an adult in a shooting that wounded a man in Atlantic City, has mental health issues, his attorney, Michael Schreiber said. He said when Lampkin is properly medicated, he does not have issues with the law.
A Miranda hearing is pending in the shooting case, which Schreiber said is “99 percent” based upon a confession the minor gave without his guardian present.
Lampkin had a juvenile conviction in a robbery, and had been released on an ankle bracelet when the shooting happened.
Woodley’s attorney did not argue against the teen’s detention saying the boy’s family was not reachable to come to court and that he would have nowhere to go if released.
Nickerson was not named in the indictment. His case is still in juvenile court, according to information released in court. It was not clear whether a waiver hearing had yet been held to try to get his case moved into Superior Court as well.