Ohio school shooting suspect's competency hearing continued

URBANA — A competency hearing for a teenager charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students has been pushed back to May.

An attorney for 17-year-old Ely Serna asked a Champaign County Juvenile Court judge for the continuance because a defense psychologist couldn't attend Friday's hearing. The judge moved the hearing to May 5, also ruling that psychologists' testimony in that hearing will be closed to the public.

Serna is charged as a juvenile with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses for the Jan. 20 attack at a high school in West Liberty. He has denied the charges.

Authorities allege he fired a shotgun at a classmate in a bathroom, critically wounding the teen, and then fired at classrooms. A second student struck by a shot was slightly injured.



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Man charged with murder in 14-year-old boy's fatal shooting

DAYTON — A prosecutor says a man accused in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy has been indicted in Ohio on charges including murder and aggravated robbery.

Montgomery County's prosecutor says 21-year-old Jalyn Simmons was indicted Friday in the March 28 death of James Banks during a robbery in Dayton. The indictment also charges the Dayton man with felonious assault, grand theft and tampering with evidence.

The statement released Friday by Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Simmons is being held on a $1 million bond.

A message left Friday for Simmons' attorney wasn't immediately returned.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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14-year-old boy charged in slaying of father's girlfriend

URBANA — A 14-year-old Ohio boy accused of killing his father's girlfriend has been charged as a juvenile on aggravated murder and murder counts.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi filed the charges Friday in juvenile court in Urbana, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Columbus.

Talebi told the judge the boy waited Thursday night for 40-year-old Heidi Taylor at the rural Mad River Township home he shared with her and his father, lured her in and killed her.

Talebi didn't say how Taylor died or comment on a possible motive. He did say the boy used weapons, "including a knife and a gun."

Defense attorney Darrell Heckman says he requested a competency hearing, but had no further comment.

The judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the boy, who remains in detention.

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Insanity plea withdrawn for man charged with killing 2 women

ASHLAND — The attorneys for an Ohio man charged with abducting and killing two women say he is dropping his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Forty-year-old Shawn Grate refused to leave his cell Friday and appear on video for a hearing in Ashland County Common Pleas Court.

Grate pleaded not guilty in October. He awaits trial on charges that include aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The women's bodies were found last September inside a supposedly unoccupied home in Ashland after a third woman called 911 from a bedroom and said Grate was holding her hostage.

Grate's attorneys aren't permitted to comment because of a judge's gag order.

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Authorities: Inmate dies at county jail in Ohio

SPRINGFIELD — Authorities say an inmate has died at a county jail in Ohio.

The offices of Clark County's coroner and the sheriff on Friday confirmed the death at the jail in Springfield, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Dayton.

Chief Deputy Travis Russell says the in-custody death occurred Thursday, but provided no additional information. Russell said the death is still under investigation.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that the jail called for medics Thursday morning for a man in the facility's booking area who was reported not breathing. The 911 caller told dispatchers that the man was between the ages of 20 and 30.

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Man charged in slaying of woman whose body found in bin

COLUMBUS — A man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a recycling bin partially submerged in a creek has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder.

Franklin County's prosecutor said Thursday that 29-year-old Andrew McGowan killed 22-year-old Gabriel Hinojosa and attempted to dispose of her body in a recycling bin. Prosecutor Ron O'Brien's statement said Hinojosa was the mother of McGowan's child.

The Columbus man also was indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

Court records don't show an attorney for McGowan.

The prosecutor didn't release details about how Hinojosa died.

Authorities say she was reported missing Feb. 19. Her body was found in the curbside-style bin with wheels on Feb. 24 by some people kayaking along Big Darby Creek.