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Teens accused in baseball bat beating face new charges

Suspects accused in baseball bat beating

BOULDER, Colo. — Two men charged in the baseball bat beating of a developmentally disabled man will face more serious charges in the case.

Luke Pelham, 18, and Austin Helford, 18, are charged with attempted second degree murder, along with assault on an at-risk adult, robbery and burglary — in the attack of a man who is expected to die from the injuries he suffered.

Pelham’s attorney says the teen suffers from ADHD and other disabilities, giving him an IQ of about 70.

It’s an argument used in court Monday to try and get Pelham’s bond reduced so he can post bail. It didn’t work.

The chief deputy district attorney says Pelham helped Austin Helford beat up 30-year-old Arron Tuneberg at his apartment last week.

Police say Helford used a baseball bat, while Pelham used a golf club in the attack over a girl.

In an arrest affidavit, Pelham says he waited outside the apartment and could hear loud pings and described metal hitting something.

He also says at one point the victim yelled, “stop.”

But the district attorney’s office says Pelham is lying and was in the apartment at the time of the attack.

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