3 teenagers charged in fatal beating of 17-year-old

MALDEN, Mo. (AP) _ Three southeast Missouri teenagers are charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of another teen.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that 17-year-old Dante Gibson was found unresponsive around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on the porch of a home in Malden, about 190 miles (305 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

The suspects face arraignment Tuesday.

An autopsy is planned. Police say Gibson died after being “continually punched and kicked” in an apparent dispute over money and drugs.

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