BOSTON (WHDH) - Four teenagers appeared in court Monday for their alleged roles in the brutal murder of a 17-year-old boy earlier this year in Dorchester.

The defendants – Malik Albert, 17; Rodney Gamble, 17; Rishaard Sheppard, 18; Branden Singleton-Legget, 18 – allegedly beat and shot a 17-year-old boy to death on Kenwood Street in January.

Police say the four teens beat and kicked the boy before one of them pulled out a gun and shot him in the head.

The four teens have been in custody since February. Two of them pleaded guilty in court on Monday.

The motive for the attack has not been disclosed by investigators.

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