MARTINEZ -- An El Cerrito High School football player slain last month was randomly selected to be shot in retaliation for a beating by people from his Richmond neighborhood, according to court testimony Tuesday.

Tyris Franklin, 16, of Richmond, and Jean-Pierre Fordjour, 19, of Suisun City, were ordered Tuesday to trial on murder charges in the death of 16-year-old Gene Grisby, who was fatally shot outside his family home in Richmond's Crescent Park neighborhood Jan. 10.

Franklin, the shooting suspect, is charged as adult. Fordjour is accused of driving Franklin to and from the killing.

Another 16-year-old boy testified at Tuesday's preliminary hearing that Franklin's younger brother called Franklin that day to say he had just been beaten up by a group of young men from Crescent Park.

Soon after, Franklin asked for a ride to a Crescent Park housing complex. He and four friends piled into a car driven by Fordjour.

Two of the teens present testified that they heard of no plan to commit a shooting and didn't know Franklin was armed.

Both said they knew Franklin to be pugilistic, with one of the witnesses adding that he believed they were going to Crescent Park "to beat somebody up."

Grisby was outside when the group reached the complex.

"We're making a U-turn, and I'm like ... I notice who the dude is, and I say, 'You don't even need to get up on him,' " a teen testified. "(Franklin) said it's Crescent Park, so it don't matter."


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The witnesses said they saw a silver gun come out from Franklin's midsection as he exited the car, then lost sight of him and heard several shots.

Grisby's aunt testified she heard the shots while doing laundry.

She looked through the window and saw Franklin standing over her nephew with a gun.

When Franklin returned, the group drove to Oakland to hang out and smoke, the teen witnesses said. Both said they could not remember much about the discussion that afternoon.