Prosecutors want to try Champaign County teen accused of killing woman as adult

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URBANA, OH (WDTN) – Champaign County Prosecutors want the teen accused in the killing of a woman tried in adult court because they say the penalties available in the juvenile system are not enough.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said in a release Wednesday that dies to the “deliberate and premeditated nature of the offenses alleged” his office has asked the Juvenile Court hand the 14-year-old teen over to adult court.

Talebi says, “It is the position of the Champaign Couty Prosecutor’s Office that the penalties available in the Juvenile Court are not sufficient given the alleged conduct of [name withheld]. Therefore, the State takes the position that a request for bindover from juvenile Court to Adult Court is appropriate and necessary and that the safety of the community requires that [name withheld] be subject to adult sanctions.”

Prosecutor Keith Talebi said he met with members of the victim’s family and investigators before making this decision.

The 14-year-old teen was arrested in connection with the April 6 murder of his father’s girlfriend. Prosecutors told the judge they believe the boy was “lying in wait” and acted with premeditation. They said the teen used multiple weapons including a knife and a handgun.

The teen is being held in the Central Ohio Youth Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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