Two 14-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl accused of the joint enterprise murder of Jordan Carter in Berkhamsted are due to go on trial in the summer.
They appeared at Luton crown court for the first time today/Thursday where Judge Richard Foster set a trial date for June 18.
Police were called to Westfield Road in the town on Friday night (February 23) and found 18 year old Jordan with a stab wound to his leg by a front garden.
Jordan, who lived just a few hundred yards from the spot where he was found, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10.15pm.
The boys charged are from Watford and the girl is from Hemel Hempstead.
Jordan’s father Ian said in a statement: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind messages of love and support. It is heartfelt and so appreciated.
“I simply cannot respond to every message we have had, but just want to thank you all. It is by far the hardest thing we have ever had to endure, and have a long hard road to travel over the coming days, weeks, months and for the rest of our lives. Thank you again.”
The charge was not put to the defendants, who were remanded in custody. A plea hearing has set by the judge for April 27.