A 35-year-old man is due to stand trial next year charged with the murder of a young teenager who was chased and stabbed to death.
Dea-John Reid, 14, was killed in College Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham at about 7.30pm on Monday.
Michael Shields appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday charged with the youngster’s murder.
Wearing a dark grey jumper and black face mask, the defendant was not required to enter any pleas during a short hearing.
Two other suspects, 38-year-old George Khan, from Newstead Road, Birmingham, and a 14-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court on Friday.
They were also not required to enter any pleas and were remanded into custody until Tuesday where they will appear at Birmingham Crown Court.
Shields, from Alvis Walk in Castle Bromwich, will appear at the same court for a plea hearing on August 5 and a provisional trial date has been set for February 28 next year.
He has also been remanded into custody.
Dea-John’s family previously paid tribute to the “incredibly talented” teenager and called for an end to knife crime, saying: “How many more mothers will have to mourn for their sons for this to stop?”
The force said a post-mortem examination confirmed Dea-John died from a stab wound to the chest.