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Two indicted in slaying of transit worker

NEW YORK -- Two men were indicted Friday in the racially motivated slaying of a black man who was beaten to death by a mob that dragged him from a car in a white Brooklyn neighborhood.

Named in the indictment were Gino Bova, 18, and Joseph Powell, 27, both of Brooklyn.

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A grand jury charged the pair with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of riot and one count of discrimination.

Willie Turks, 34, a transit worker, died Tuesday of head injuries he suffered in the attack. Bova was arrested Wednesday. Powell is still at large.

Also arrested in the killing was Paul Mormonda, 17, of Brooklyn. The grand jury's investigation into his case is continuing, said a spokesman for District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman.

Both Bova, who was a week away from high school graduation, and Mormonda, also a student, were held without bail in protective custody.

If convicted, Bova and Powell face a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Ms. Holtzman's spokesman said 10 or more people could eventually be charged with rioting.

Dennis Dixon, one of Turks' coworkers, also was beaten in the attack. Another coworker escaped serious injury.

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The attack occurred after the three stopped at a bagel shop in a white neighborhood.

Dixon was hit on the side of the head with a beer bottle, and his car was smashed. Turks was dragged from the car and beaten.

Residents of the neighborhood told police the area where the killing occurred has been threatened 'for years' by a gang of youths.

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