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Teen murder suspect appointed a public defender

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A 16-year-old boy appeared in Peoria County Court Friday after his arrest in connection with a Peoria homicide.

It was a solemn morning in court. Only the suspect, Jermontay Brock, and his family were in attendance.         

Brock appeared unsure of the process, looking back to his mother when asked questions about his court appointed attorney. The teen's bond is set at $1 million.  He's being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

The teenager is accused of killing 22-year-old Anthony Polnitz at a house party near Bradley's campus early Sunday morning. Brock’s mom insists police arrested the wrong person.

"My son is innocent and it will be proven that he did not do this," said Caroline Alexander.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 10.

Brock could face additional charges in connection with the death of another person at the house party,18-year-old Bradley student Nasjay Murry.

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