Suspects Plead Not Guilty

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The four suspects charged with kidnapping and assaulting a 17 year-old appeared in Eau
Claire County court this morning.

Lashamby Rayborn, Demond Johnson and Fredrick Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges including taking a hostage and physical abuse of a child.

A fourth suspect, Catherine Clingensmith, stood mute to the charges and a not guilty plea was entered for her by judge lisa stark.

Police say the suspects held a 17-year-old against his will over a $150 drug debt and beat him with a baseball bat and pool cue before attempting to exchange him in return for the same amount of money from his parents.

A trial date has been set for early April.