TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old originally charged with being an accessory to the shooting death of Tramell Childs is now facing more serious charges and will be tried as an adult.
On Wednesday, a Stark County grand jury issued indictments against Antoine Forrester on 10 counts, including aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felony assault, for the deaths of the 46-year-old children.
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According to police and court records, Forrester and Tyvon Hall, 15, both of Canton, drove to a residence in the 1000 block of Third Street NW on April 20 and shot Childs.
Cantonal police arrived around 10:30 a.m. and found Childs on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to his neck.
Forrester and Hall were charged with aiding and abetting murder when they were arrested in April.
Forrester is due on Friday in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas by Judge Natalie Haupt.
Hall, currently a minor, has a hearing scheduled for June 29 in Stark County Family Court to determine whether or not he will remain in the juvenile court system or be tried as an adult.
In Ohio, minor crime suspects who are 17 and facing serious charges like murder are automatically transferred to adult court. However, a judge must decide whether the transfer out of juvenile court is appropriate for those under 16 by holding a hearing of convenience.
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