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Trial set for 3 S.L. teens in 1998 stabbing death

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Three Salt Lake teens have been scheduled for trial in the Halloween stabbing death of 15-year-old Bernardo Repreza.

At a hearing Thursday morning, Judge William Barrett tentatively set the trials of Colin C. Reeser, 18; Andrew Moench, 18; and Sean Parley Darger, 17, for July 6.All three are charged with murder, a first-degree felony. If convicted they could face between five years and life in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Repreza died from a knife wound near the corner of State Street and 100 South after a fight between the group he was with and a group of teenagers associated with the Straight Edge gang. The Straight Edgers are mostly white, middle-class teens who profess to shun, among other things, drugs, alcohol and premarital sex, according to testimony from a preliminary hearing in February.

Prosecutors say Moench struck Repreza repeatedly with a bat, and Reesor used a 4-inch blade to stab the fallen Repreza below the left rib cage. Chief deputy medical examiner Edward Leis said at a preliminary hearing that the knife pierced the large and small intestines and the aorta, causing 2 liters of blood to hemorrhage internally.