Teen in court again for another beating incident

- A teen already charged with manslaughter, was back in court again, but for another beating incident.

16-year-old Simeon Hall is accused of beating up another teen at Ward Park. Neighbors of the victim, say it hits too close to home.

Alan Shaw says, "Good kid, he's helped do some yard work for us."

Hall was already facing manslaughter charges in the beating death of Roger Trindade last year. He was put on house arrest, with a GPS ankle monitor, which tracks the whereabouts of a youth at all times.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice couldn't comment on Hall's case, saying juvenile records are confidential, but released a statement saying, "We are glad that law enforcement quickly responded to ensure public safety."

"It's a flawed program. " Rafael Zaldivar says his son Alex was killed in 2012, by convicted murderer Bessman Okafor, who at the time was wearing a GPS ankle monitor.

"So what good does that do? Wearing an ankle monitor does not prevent you from killing anyone or hurting anyone." He says, electronic monitoring shouldn't be used on those accused of felonies. "He's a violent offender and these characters should not be there wandering around." 

Neighbors of the latest teen victim, hope it never happens again.

Shaw says, "It comes very close when it's right in your neighborhood. It's kind of startling." The victim's parents say, he's back home recovering.  We're still waiting for comment from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, regarding possible changes to the electronic monitoring program.

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