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Kenner teenager accused in hammer attack returns to court

Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 at 7:18 AM CDT
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GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The Kenner teenager accused of attacking an elderly couple with a hammer is expected back in court Monday morning.
Vincenzo Randazzo, 17, is facing first-degree and attempted murder charges.

The alleged crime happened more than a year ago when then-16-year-old Randazzo reportedly attacked Phillip and Anita Lynch in their home.

According to police, Randazzo used to perform odd jobs around the Lynch's home.

On July 9, 2017, they say Randazzo had a disagreement with 89-year-old Phillip which ended with the suspect hitting him with a hammer.
His 70-year-old wife tried to intervene and was bludgeoned as well.

Both were taken to the hospital. Phillip died a month later and Anita suffered critical injuries but survived.

Randazzo's father has claimed his son was mentally and physically abused as a child and had received custody of him just a few years prior.

A judge found Randazzo competent to stand trial in November. Both sides have been preparing for a potential trial since.

The Lynch's children say they hope justice will eventually be served.

"He attacked some very nice, innocent people for no reason at all. So we're just hoping he gets the maximum amount of time," Larry Lynch, the victims' son, said.

Even though he is being charged as an adult, Randazzo is still a juvenile, meaning he cannot receive the death penalty. He does face a life in prison sentence if convicted.

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