Trial begins for teen accused of deadly â??knockout gameâ?? beating

The trial began for one of two Syracuse teens accused of beating a man to death as part of a â??gameâ?? called â??knock outâ?? in May. The trial is being held in Onondaga County Family Court.

The 16-year-old is accused of beating Michael Daniels, 51, outside the Los Amigos Market near the corner of West Brighton and Cannon Streets. Daniels died the next day at the hospital. The teen is charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and making an apparent false statement.

Six witnesses took the stand Tuesday. The first witness, Syracuse Police Officer Emily Quinones, was the first responder to the alleged attack. The Post-Standard reports that she testified that a man attending to Daniels waved her down. Daniels was laying on the ground and unresponsive.

The second witness who was called was missing after not showing up for his ride to court. The Post-Standard reports that Police Detective Fred Lamberton, the third witness, testified that a red fleece and a gray sweatshirt were located in the teenâ??s bedroom during a search. This piece of evidence was photographed by a technician, the fourth witness.

The fifth witness was Police Detective Jacqueline Phinney, who spoke with the teen after the alleged attack. She testified that the teen said he was near the market at the time of the attack but said two other people carried out the attack.

A juvenile witness, the sixth witness called, testified that he saw the attack as he was leaving the market. He said he saw the younger suspect and the16-year-old each hit Daniels.

The trial for a 13-year-old boy also charged with manslaughter is scheduled for August 8.

The suspect's names are not being revealed because of their age.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)