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Putnam teen indicted in double murder

July 10, 2013

OTTAWA — A grand jury has indicted a teenager accused of a double-murder in Putnam County.


Michael Aaron Fay will be arraigned in Putnam County Common Pleas Court at 8 a.m. Thursday according to court officials. A grand jury considered the case on Wednesday.


Fay, 17, was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder; two counts abuse of a corpse, fifth-degree felonies; one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.


The indictments stem from the May 9 deaths of Blake Romes, 17, and Blaine Romes, 14. The two were found dead and Fay was found in Columbus. Fay told authorities where to find their bodies.


On July 2, Judge Michael Borer of Putnam County Juvenile Court ordered Fay to be tried as an adult where he will face the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison


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.


During the July 2 hearing, 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 was competent to move forward, which Fay also agreed he was.


At that time, Borer set Fay’s bail at $5 million. Fay’s attorney, Bill Kluge, did not challenge bail. The judge also ordered Fay returned to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Facility where he has been held because Putnam County does not have a facility for juvenile offenders.





Michael Fay