Aunt: 13-year-old involved in murder was set up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The 13-year-old boy who was allegedly involved in the murder of a Papa John’s delivery driver turned himself in, according to court documents.

NBC4 is not naming the 13-year-old because the charges haven’t hit the adult court docket, and we are not naming his aunt who talked to NBC4 today.

The woman did tell NBC4 that she believes her nephew wanted to fit in, and had no idea that night in July would turn deadly.

“(He’s a) young boy that wants to be accepted with the boys he wants to hang out with, to be accepted as a kid,” the woman said.

That night a pizza delivery driver died, and now a 13 year old is in custody.

“I believe they roped him into it,” the aunt said. “One of the things his mom said is one of the boys was like, ‘the streets are hard, do what you do for your family.’”

She tells NBC this 13-year-old has never been in trouble with the law, went to school, and isn’t an angry teen who would kill.

“He is a sweet little kid, not a hard kid,” she said. “Heart of gold, loves his nieces and nephews, loves his mom. He is a soft-hearted kid.”

But police believe he played a role in the death, and will have a court date soon.

“”(I’m) very emotional, very emotional. Not that kid,” the aunt said.

The boy and his mother went to Columbus Police Headquarters Thursday to make a statement. He said he and others planned to rob a delivery person, and ordered pizzas to a vacant residential house on Kenaston Drive on July 30.

The home at 3332 Kenaston Drive. CREDIT: Google Maps
The home at 3332 Kenaston Drive.
CREDIT: Google Maps

When the driver, James Flannery, arrived, the boy said he and the other people in the group approached him with a gun drawn and demanded the pizzas and cash. At some point during the robbery, someone in the group fired the weapon and hit the driver in the chest. The robbers took the money and pizzas, and ran.

Flannery went back to his car and began driving away, but crashed into a pole. Police responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital, where he died.


The 13-year-old and an 18-year-old, Sir Jeffrey Scott Carroll, have been arrested. Carroll was charged with aggravated murder. The 13-year-old was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

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