July 2, 2013
OTTAWA — A 17-year-old boy accused of killing two other teens will be tried as an adult where he will face the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Michael Fay waived his right to challenge the prosecution at a hearing that required enough evidence be put before a judge to link Fay to the crime. It also required the prosecution prove Fay is competent to move forward, which Fay also agreed he was.
The move likely is part of a defense strategy that stops details of the crime from being made public while emotions are still high.
Fay is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the May 9 deaths of Blake, 17, and Blaine Romes, 14. The two were found dead after Fay fled to Columbus. Fay told authorities where to find their bodies.
The brothers were living with Fay in an Ottawa trailer with their mothers, Michelle Grothause and Vicki Fay. The families had recently moved in together.
The next step is to take the case to a grand jury. Putnam County Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder said a grand jury would consider the case sometime in July but declined to give a specific date.
The judge set Fay’s bail at $5 million at Schroeder’s request. Fay’s attorney, Bill Kluge, did not challenge bail.
Judge Michael Borer of Putnam County Juvenile Court ordered Fay returned to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Facility where he has been held because Putnam County does not have a facility for juveniles.