LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge could rule soon on whether three teens should be tried for murder in the death of a Chinese graduate student.

Judge M.L. Villar scheduled testimony Thursday in the killing of Xinran Ji, a University of Southern California student fatally beaten in July.

Prosecutors have shown video of the attack and presented testimony about incriminating statements the trio made. A fourth defendant faces a later preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say the group delivered fatal blows with a bat and wrench while trying to rob Ji as he walked home from a late-night study session. Ji managed to stagger home and was found dead in bed.

The killing led to renewed concerns about the safety of Chinese students at USC, where two Chinese graduate students were murdered in 2012.

(Story by: The Associated Press)


More From WIBX 950