Three teen-aged suspects involved in a double-homicide last week appeared in court Monday where they were formally charged as adults.
On Dec. 11, Omaha Police arrested Courvoisier Sims, 15, along with Warren Anderson, 18, and his cousin, Martin Anderson, 17, for the murders of Brandon Phelps and James Star.
The court hearings left the Anderson’s family emotional as Warren appeared in court at Douglas County Corrections and Martin at Douglas County Courthouse.
An aunt says there is more to the story.
“[T]o have them come on TV and call my kinfolk murderers before they find out the whole situation – it's so heartbreaking,” Stacy Anderson says.
Phelps, 18, and Star, 17, were found dead Dec. 9 in a black SUV at Ernie Chambers Court apartments, near 16th and Yates streets.
The Anderson cousins both face a criminal conspiracy charge to commit robbery while Sims is facing two felony counts for first degree murder and two counts of the use of a weapon.
The three teens were arrested two days after the killings which left family members relieved, according to Phelps’ aunt, Yulonda McCroy.
"I can't even imagine how [Phelps’] mom feels,” McCroy told KMTV. “I can't even imagine how his dad feels. But I do know we have some closure. "
In between hearings, the Anderson’s aunt says healing is greatly needed after the recent violent tragedies in the city.
"Let’s all pray for our children. It's not a black and white issue. All these kids are in danger,” Stacy Anderson says.
Warren Anderson’s bond is set for a million dollars while Martin Anderson's bail is set for $250,000. Sims is being held without bail.
All three have been assigned a public defender.
Warren Anderson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 30 while Martin Anderson and Sims are set to appear in court January 8.