AKRON, Ohio -- A 14-year-old boy suspected as an accomplice in the killings of a northeast Ohio couple could be charged as an adult.
The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/13zAeCc) reports a juvenile court judge said Tuesday there's enough evidence for the Akron teen's case eventually to be moved to adult court.
By law, a judge must first have a hearing on whether the boy could be rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system if convicted.
Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio ruled Tuesday there was sufficient evidence to transfer the aggravated murder case against a 14-year-old Akron boy to adult court.
But that transfer is not automatic. Under Ohio law, another hearing must be held - an "amenability hearing" - to determine whether Jamal Vaughn is capable of rehabilitation and treatment in the juvenile justice system should he be convicted.
The boy was barely 14 when he was arrested as an alleged accomplice in the April 2 bludgeoning deaths of a New Franklin couple, Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret "Peg" Schobert, 59.
The 18-year-old, who has been indicted on capital murder charges, was the former boyfriend of the younger of two daughters the Schoberts had adopted. His trial is pending in Common Pleas Court.
The teen and an 18-year-old man were arrested for the April deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert.
Authorities believe they were bludgeoned with a sledgehammer at their New Franklin home.
A defense attorney says the younger teen was threatened and the older teen caused the deaths.
The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com