Abubaka Brown Arraignment

The first appearance of Abubaka Brown,18, of Atlantic City, in Mays Landing court, Monday July 1, 2013, who is being charged as an adult for the alleged shooting death of Taron Williams, 19, of Pleasantville, which he committed at age 17.

Vernon Ogrodnek

MAYS LANDING - A 13-year-old homicide victim in Pleasantville was part of a conspiracy to rob another teenager, who was also killed, according to charges read in court Monday against the Atlantic City teen charged in the homicides.

Abubaka Brown, 18, was 17 when he allegedly shot and killed the two teens in December. He had his first court appearance since being waived up to adult court Friday.

Brown is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses.

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He told Superior Court Judge Michael Donio he cannot afford a lawyer and was represented by a public defender in juvenile court.

Brown conspired with Todd Mitchell, 13, to rob Taron Williams, 19, Dec. 5, while in possession of a weapon, according to the charges.

Mitchell and Williams were both killed. Mitchell was found first in front of the home where the shootings happened, with multiple gunshot wounds.

Williams was found a short time later in an alley behind the duplex, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Both teens were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where they were pronounced dead.

Details about what happened at the crime scene were not available Monday.

Brown was apprehended in April, after four months of investigation into the shooting deaths.

Williams had graduated Pleasantville High School in June 2012 and would have been joining the Marines this February. Mitchell was a student at Pleasantville Middle School, and friends at his funeral said they were surprised because he wasn't the type to cause trouble.

The incident caught the attention of many in the community who commented on how young both victims were.

Brown is in Atlantic County jail on $350,000 bail.

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