Two young men in American Samoa have been charged over a brutal killing last month.
A man's beaten body was found on the side of the road in Taputimu village.
Samoa News reports Aperaamo Tonia and Ofisa Malo are being held in custody after making their initial court appearance .
The two men told the court the victim started a fight with them after taking $US5 from Mr Malo.
Court documents show the two men continued to beat the man after he had fallen to the ground.