PHILADELPHIA — A defense attorney says a teenager charged in the shooting deaths of two other teens during an argument in south Philadelphia says the youth denies the charges and was “very good friends” with one of the victims.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that attorney James Lammendola says there’s “no motive whatsoever” in the case against 16-year-old Brandon Olivieri.

Olivieri faces two murder charges in the deaths last week of the other 16-year-olds, Caleer Miller and Salvatore DiNubile, who were shot outside DiNubile’s home and about seven blocks south of Olivieri’s residence. Investigators believe the victims were on opposite sides of a feud between two groups.

Police haven’t recovered a gun. Lammendola said the same type of handgun was used to shoot up Olivieri’s family’s home early Friday. No one was injured.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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