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Three indicted in killing of 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers

Three arrested in Arnesha Bowers' death indicted as case moves forward

The three people arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers have been indicted on murder, rape, arson and gang charges, Baltimore prosecutors said Tuesday.

The body of Bowers, an 11th grader at Baltimore City College high school, was found on June 7 in a northeast Baltimore row home that had been set ablaze.

Adonay Dixon, 23, and John Childs, 20, were initially charged in the case, accused of breaking into the home, sexually assaulting Bowers and taking cash and electronics. Raeshawn Rivers, a 14-year-old who police have said knew the girl, was arrested later and charged as an adult.

All three defendants remain jailed and attorneys for them are not listed in court records.

The gang charge is new. The state's attorney's office declined to comment on the allegations supporting it, but detectives have previously said they believe Dixon and Childs are Bloods members and were investigating whether the attack on Bowers was part of an initiation.

"I promise to continue to pursue justice on behalf of Arnesha who was brutally assaulted and murdered," State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference Tuesday. "The brutality of Arnesha's death has affected all of us."

In Baltimore, the indictment of defendants is a typical procedural step that moves the case forward to a higher court.

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