FONDA, NY-- Two teens accused of murdering fellow Amsterdam teens pleaded not guilty to all charges in Montgomery County Court Thursday afternoon.
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Brasmeister and 15-year-old Matthew Phelps, both of Amsterdam, each face two murder and two weapon charges, and will be charged as adults, in the deaths of 16-year-old Paul Damphier and 13-year-old Jonathon DeJesus.
Police say the two teens took the victims into a field in July 2012 and shot them with a rifle. Their bodies were found ten days after they were allegedly killed in a remote field near where they were last seen, off Snooks Corners Road in the Montgomery County Town of Florida.
Both Phelps and Brasmeister were escorted into the Montgomery County Courthouse Thursday for their arraignment in handcuffs and leg shackles.
The courtroom was filled with family members of both victims. "They should never see the light of day, should never see family," said Charles Tiano, DeJesus' grandfather.
"It is tough for the whole family to be here, but we have to be here for Jonathan who can't be here right now," said Laura Lewis, DeJesus' aunt.
She says it has been a long wait to see justice take place. As the two defendants left court emotional family member shouted at them.
"They have their families, they get to see them at Christmas. All we have are pictures," Lewis added.
The judge set a tentative trial date for June 17th. NEWS10 reached out to attorneys of both clients. They had no comment for our cameras.