Teen Pleads Guilty in Homeless Man's Beating Death

One of four teens accused of beating a homeless man to death in Santee pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter.

Cassidy Rowin, 19, changed her plea during a status conference in East County Regional Court, admitting to her part in the altercation that left Stephen Hissom, 55, dead and his friend, Edward Allen, injured.

Rowin is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16. She originally faced a murder charge alongside Tyler Dare, Danny Swan III and Sarah Baillie, all of whom were teens during the Nov. 29, 2014, incident.

Prosecutors say the suspects got into an argument with two homeless men riding their bikes on Mission Gorge Road under State Route 52.

The teens are accused of first attacking Allen, but Hissom quickly stepped in to help his friend. According to prosecutors, the suspects then turned their aggression toward him, beating Hissom to death.

Allen was left with injuries to his upper torso. Officials have not released a motive for the slaying.

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