A 35-year-old man is due to stand trial next year charged with the murder of a teenager who was chased and stabbed to death in Birmingham.
Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed in College Road in the Kingstanding area of the city at about 7.30pm on Monday.
On Friday Michael Shields appeared at Birmingham crown court charged with the boy’s murder.
Wearing a dark grey jumper and black face mask, the defendant was not required to enter any pleas during a short hearing and was remanded into custody.
Two other suspects, 38-year-old George Khan, of Birmingham, and a 14-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the city’s magistrates court on Friday.
They were also not required to enter any pleas and were remanded into custody until Tuesday where they will appear at Birmingham crown court.
Shields, of Castle Bromwich, will appear again at the same court for a plea hearing on 5 August, and a provisional trial date has been set for 28 February.
Dea-John’s family previously paid tribute to the “incredibly talented” teenager and called for an end to knife crime, saying: “How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”
The force said a postmortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.