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Teen accused of murder in deadly traffic cone beating in Philadelphia

James Lambert, 73, died last month after a group of people said to be in their early to mid-teens allegedly assaulted him.

A 14-year-old has been accused of murder in the fatal beating of a 73-year-old man with a traffic cone in Philadelphia, authorities said Tuesday.

He is set to be charged with criminal conspiracy in the death last month of James Lambert, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear if the 14-year-old was the same teen who surrendered to authorities Monday with his 10-year-old brother. A police spokeswoman declined to comment.

It also wasn't clear if the 10-year-old was still in custody or if the 14-year-old has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

A 73-year-old man died the day after a group of young people beat him with a traffic cone in a caught-on-camera attack along a North Philadelphia street last month.
A 73-year-old man died the day after a group of young people beat him with a traffic cone in a caught-on-camera attack along a North Philadelphia street last month.WCAU

The arrest came after authorities released security video last week showing a group of people who appeared to be in their early to mid-teens assaulting Lambert shortly before 3 a.m. on June 24 with the cone.

Lambert died the following day, authorities said. He fell to the ground after being struck and died from his injuries, the department said in a statement.

In the video, what appears to be a teenage boy and girl can be seen hurling a traffic cone at Lambert three times. Several others can be seen watching the incident.

Lambert appears blurred in the recording.

"How could you do that to a person?” Elsie Stephens, Lambert's older sister, told NBC Philadelphia. “You have a mother and a father, how could you just beat a man until you take off half of his skull?"

The Philadelphia Police Department last week offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the killing. The department released images of seven people seen in the security video.