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2 Charged In Torture, Killing Of Westland Teens In Detroit

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Jacob Kudlah’s uncle and aunt stand looking at the spot in a Detroit field where he and a friend were found dead. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting, File)

Jacob Kudlah’s uncle and aunt stand looking at the spot in a Detroit field where he and a friend were found dead. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting, File)

DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a cold case solved. Two men have been arrested in a disturbing double murder that took place nearly two years ago.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announces Wednesday that a Detroit man and a Jackson man have been arrested and charged with the killing of two teens from Westland.

It was later in July, 2012, when 18-year-old Jacob Kudla and 17-year-old Jourdan Bobbish went to visit Kudla’s uncle in Detroit.  They never came home; and, after a frantic days long search by friends and relatives, their bodies were found hidden among overgrown weeds in a field on Detroit’s east side.

Police had said killings were the result of a drug deal gone wrong; but they’ve been working 21 months for a break in the case.

In announcing the charges, Prosecutor Kym Worthy says that 25-year-old Frederick Young of Detroit and 23-year-old Ferlando Hunter of Jackson robbed, tortured, imprisoned and killed both victims.

Prosecutors, testifying in an evidence tampering hearing related to the case,said Kudla and Bobbish had been shot execution-style in the back of the head.

Young and Hunter have each been charged with first degree murder, torture, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm. Young, in addition, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

Young was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court. His next hearing is set for May 13. Prosecutors Hunter would be arraigned via video Thursday morning.

A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest, but it was not immediately clear if a tipster would collect that cash.

Prosecutors said more details about the case would be presented in court during a preliminary examination.

Kudla’s family declined to comment on Wednesday. Bobbish’s brother Josh told WWJ that, if the pair is convicted, he may find closure, but he’s not yet sure.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for more on this story.

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