Suspects In Fatal La Vergne Teen Shooting Appear In Court

Posted at 6:30 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 19:31:09-04

The two 17-year-old boys arrested in the shooting death of a La Vergne High School junior this week appeared before a juvenile court judge.

Bryan Berry and Marquez Hughes held their heads down during the hearing with attorneys and family present in the court room.

Berry was charged with 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder, simple possession of marijuana and possession of firearm during a felony. 

Hughes was charged with 1st degree murder and conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder.

Both were facing tampering with evidence and false report charges but the judge dropped them saying there was no probable cause.

A La Vergne detective testified saying messages on the phone with the victim helped link the suspects to the crime.

On Monday night, 17-year-old Yudjy Cherubin was shot and killed after responding to an ad on the app letgo about an iPhone for sale. 

Police said he met the two teen suspects on George Buchanan Drive in La Vergne.

His younger brother and sister were in the car. The brother reported that after they exchanged money, Berry shot Cherubin who was in the driver seat.

A witness said he was shot in the face.

A detective claimed the brother and two other witnesses who tried to chase Berry down identified him as one of the suspects.

Police tracked down a number listed on the victim's phone and pinged it to one of the suspects' home nearby.

His mother gave police consent to look through the phone.

Both mothers were given a chance to fight for their sons. One of them got emotional and stepped out of the courtroom. 

Both teens will remain at the Rutherford County Juvenile Services Center.

Another court hearing was scheduled in September. 

Prosecutors likely could request moving the case to adult court which will require another hearing.