Parents, church members who killed NY teen in court

CHADWICKS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A court hearing is scheduled for the two parents and four other church members accused of killing one teen, and badly hurting another during what’s being called a church counseling session.

Officials say 17-year-old Christopher Leonard remains in the intensive care unit but police say he’s improving. Authorities say he and his older brother were beaten at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks. His brother did not survive.

Their mother and father are allegedly among those who carried out the beating. Their mother said it spiraled out of control, lawyers for the parents say they never meant to kill their son.

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