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Teen Accused Of Killing Rabbi Faces Judge

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- The teen accused of murdering a beloved South Florida rabbi appeared in court  Tuesday morning as his family was also ordered to appear.

Prosecutors subpoenaed family members of 15-year old Deandre Charles, after seeing their statements to the media the day of his arrest.

Some of Charles' relatives clearly do not want publicity at this point, but last week, the morning of his arrest, his mother and other family members had a lot to say.

They insisted that Charles had an alibi saying he was home with them the morning someone murdered Rabbi Joseph Raksin as he walked to synagogue in northeast Miami-Dade.

Rabbi Joseph Raksin
Rabbi Joseph Raksin (Source: Yona Lunger)

Prosecutors sent investigative subpoenas requiring them to appear in court on Tuesday, to possibly testify, but the state reversed itself and quashed the request.

The defense said the state needs to be more open.

"They're our witnesses, so they were trying in our opinion to do basically two bites of the apples in deposition, two depositions, and today the state conceded that the defense was right," said Defense Attorney Adam Goodman.

Prosecutors allege Charles and at least one other young man tried to rob Raksin a year and a half ago and shot him in the chest in cold blood when they learned he had no money on him.

A judge denied Charles bond, as he sits in an adult jail.

The court has set a hearing to reconsider the no-bond ruling on January 7th.

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