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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge David Ferguson did not set a bond for two teenage boys who are accused of robbing and killing a Collierville contractor Oct. 4.

J.P. Shelly was renovating a vacant Scottsdale Avenue home in the Hickory Hill neighborhood Memphis.

Derek Cunningham, 15, and Corey Sandifer, 16, made their first court appearance Monday in juvenile court for a detention hearing. According to the court, both juveniles are well known in the system. Both have detailed rap sheets.

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Cunningham was arrested Oct. 11. Sandifer was picked up Oct. 13. Both teen suspects face charges of first degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Because of the seriousness of the charges, the two will remain in juvenile detention until their next court date.

Both teens are very familiar with juvenile court and have extensive criminal records. In fact, Cunningham started  getting into trouble at age 11.

In 2009, Cunningham was charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct. Since then, he's been in juvenile court 14 times for charges such as trespassing, aggravated sexual battery, and resisting arrest.

Sandifer made his first appearance in the county juvenile system in 2011 for a charge of truancy. In less than two years, he's been before a juvenile court judge six times for crimes including assault, vandalism and trespassing.

District Attorney General Amy Weirich told FOX13 News both suspects, because of the nature of the charges, wants the case transferred over to adult court.

Cunningham and Sandifer were assigned an attorney and are expected back in juvenile court within coming weeks.

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