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Two teens charged in connection with murder of Hartford man due to appear in court today

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HARTFORD -- Two teenagers who were arrested in connection with the murder of a Hartford man, will be in court Thursday.

A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old face murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges and both juvenile males are being held on $1 million bond.

It all stems from a shooting on Sunday afternoon where 63-year-old Jeffrey Worrell was shot in the head as he was sitting at a picnic table in a small park at the intersection of Garden  and Westland streets.

Investigators say Worrell was not the intended target.

After reviewing surveillance video, police identified a suspect vehicle, which turned out to be stolen from Southington.  The vehicle was found in New Britain where three youths fled and hid in the bathroom of a house. They were questioned by police which led them to the two suspects.

On Wednesday, Middletown police arrested the 16-year-old without incident and later, Hartford police were able to rest in the 18-year-old. Both were taken to the state juvenile detention center in Hartford.

Police tell FOX61 that the suspect in this incident may also be involved in other recent acts of violence around Hartford.

"Both of these kids have juvenile arrest history's and both embedded in stolen cars and you saw the recent events we had here in the city involving stolen cars from this homicide, from the cruisers being rammed the other night which is tied into this homicide, to a shooting in a stolen car crash two mornings ago and to the incident on Sigourney Street a couple days ago," said Deputy Chief Brian Foley.  "This is incredibly dangerous."

The investigation is ongoing.

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