Teens plead not guilty to attempted murder in South Portland

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Two of three teenagers indicted in June have pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder after an alleged drug deal went awry in mid-March at the Wainwright Recreation Complex.

A fourth, John Albert Janums, 19, of Falmouth, was arraigned Thursday morning after being indicted this month on the same charges. He also pleaded not guilty.

Zachary Swain, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, Essa Sayed, 18, of Portland, and 19-year-old Noah Sibole-Little, of Portland, were each indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury in June on two counts of attempted murder, a Class A felony; robbery and elevated aggravated assault, both Class A felonies, and one count of aggravated assault, a Class B felony.

In court in Portland on Aug. 18, Sibole-Little and Sayed pleaded not guilty to all five counts, while Swain, who had previously pleaded not guilty, requested that his bail amount be reduced. But his hearing was postponed until late August. All three are being held in Cumberland County Jail.

Sayed’s bail is set at $100,000 cash; Sibole-Little’s bail is set at $50,000 cash, and Swain is being held without bail.