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TEENS PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING COUNSELOR

Two teen-agers pleaded guilty Friday to killing a youth counselor who had taken them into her home, authorities said.

Duane Dimick, 18, and Christopher Hayes, 17, each pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in Saratoga County Court, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said.

Dimick and Hayes are accused of beating and fatally stabbing Hope Fried on Dec. 29, 1994.

Ms. Fried, 37, of Gansevoort, about 40 miles north of Albany, was executive director of two group homes for troubled youths run by Foothills Youth Services in Johnstown. Hayes and Dimick had been released from the boys' home, and Ms. Fried became Hayes' legal guardian. Dimick had lived with them on and off for about a year.

The two teen-agers pleaded guilty to the top count of an indictment, which also included charges of robbery and grand larceny. The pair had stolen Ms. Fried's van and fled to Florida after the attack.

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