Teenager maintains innocence in homeless beating death

Victim's sisters remember their 'lifeguard'

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Franklin Randolph's two sisters say they miss their big brother every day but hold onto childhood memories.

They loved the beach, where Randolph always kept them safe. 

"He was our lifeguard," Carla Trudy said. "He would make sure we didn't get hurt."

Thursday, for the first time, Trudy and her sister, Deborah Randolph, got a look at the youngest of the teens charged in their brother's murder.

Anthony Phillips was 15 when investigators said the teenagers savagely beat Randolph, who was living at a New Port Richey homeless camp. They are accused of attacking the 54-year-old by throwing logs, concrete and sticks at him, even urinating on him.

Detectives said they believe the teens attacked Randolph for no other reason than amusement.

"I'm shocked that somebody that age could do the damage they did and have no remorse about it," said Trudy.

The sisters say their brother had only lived at the homeless camp for a week or so, and was close to getting back on his feet.

"We loved him, and if we knew he was homeless, he wouldn't have been. We didn't know," said Trudy.

Phillips' lawyer did not comment on the case other than to say he maintains his client's not guilty plea.

Allan and Brandon Youngerman, brothers, are the other two charged in the death. They have also pleaded not guilty.

The sisters say they will be in court every step of the way.

"Just justice, that's what I want," said Trudy.

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