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No bail for Springfield teens charged with 19-year-old's murder


Ashawnee Duke, 18, and Julien Holly, 19, faced Judge William Boyle for the murder of Keough Collins, 19, of Chicopee.

Duke and Holly faced several charges, including assault and battery, armed assault with intent to rob, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

On Sunday, Springfield police say all three of the teens had conspired together to allegedly rob an apartment located at Robert Dyer Circle in Springfield for marijuana.

Police said Collins and Duke were armed and tried to rob the victim at gunpoint. The victim also reportedly fought back as the robbery was happening, which caused several gunshots to be fired.

Collins was struck in the head with a bullet, while the robbery victim was shot in the leg.

On Thursday morning, Duke was arrested at his Springfield home by police.

Hours later, police said Holly had reportedly told Collins' mother and sister that he was involved in the robbery, and then turned himself in to police.

Holly was reportedly not in the apartment at the time shots rang out.

"He admitted that he knew Ashawnee Duke was in possession of a small, silver pistol, that he was the driver of the vehicle that they were in," said Marie Angers, assistant district attorney.

Holly also told police that he was in the driver's seat the entire time Collins and Duke were in the apartment. He said he heard gunshots, and Duke was the only one who returned to the car before they drove off.

Collins was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center for the gunshot wound to his head.

"It's his best friend who was shot, who is the deceased, he's not accused of shooting him, he's not accused of being with the fellow who shot him, he's not accused of holding a gun, at any point in time, he is accused of being in a car," said David Rountree, Holly's lawyer.

Boyle ordered Holly and Duke to be held without the right to bail, despite Rountree's request for Holly's bail to be set for $100,000.

The teens next court date has been set for Jan. 8.

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