2 Detroit men charged in torture, slaying of 2 Westland teens

DETROIT — Murder charges have been issued against two men in connection with the death of two Westland teenagers fatally shot in 2012.

Fredrick Young, 25 of Detroit and Ferlando Hunter, 23 of Jackson are charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, torture, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced in a news release today. Young also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Jacob Kudla, 18 and Jourdan Bobbish, 17, went missing July 22, 2012. Their bodies were found five days later in a field filled with trash and high grass on Detroit’s east side.

An autopsy concluded that Kudla died of multiple gunshot wounds and Bobbish from a single gunshot wound to the head.

“It is alleged that Young and Hunter robbed, tortured, imprisoned and killed both victims,” said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. “More specific details of the case will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.”

A plea of not guilty was entered for Young during a video arraignment this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman. He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail. Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, prosecutors said.

Virgie Kudla, the mother of Jacob Kudla, said shortly after the teens disappeared that they picked up marijuana from a relative and were headed home when they were last seen on Detroit’s east side. She said her son has his medical marijuana card because of pain caused by leg damage from a trampoline accident when he was 6.

Bobbish’s father, Mike Bobbish, said shortly after the teens bodies were identified that they were probably were easy targets, young men with new sneakers riding in a car with a souped-up sound system.

Two men had previously been charged with stripping the car the two teens were in.

Police said that Casey Green and Larry Anderson stripped a car belonging to Kudla and cleaned it with bleach to hide their fingerprints.

The car was found abandoned in the 8500 block of Beechwood, near Joy Road and I-96 – far from where the boys’ bodies were found – with its sound system missing, authorities said.

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