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Teen charged with aggravated murder in Ottawa brothers' deaths


August 24. 2013 12:45PM
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OTTAWA ó The 17-year-old Ottawa boy who led police to the bodies of two brothers has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in connection with their deaths.



Michael A. Fay, 17, is charged in Putnam County Juvenile Court. He has an initial appearance hearing Tuesday, where he will enter a plea to the charges.



Prosecutor Gary Lammers plans to try Fay as an adult in the deaths of Blake Romes, 17, and Blaine Romes, 14.



Because he is a juvenile, Fay cannot face the death penalty, but he can face the rest of his life in prison. His 18th birthday is Aug. 9.



Lammers and Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder could not be reached for comment Friday.



The Romes brothers went missing May 9. Their mother, Michelle Grothause, was unable to contact them, so she returned home from work and found lots of blood and a gun inside her trailer in Ottawa.



Fay, the son of Grothause's girlfriend, also was missing. Police in Columbus found Fay later May 9 at a gas station. He told them where they could find the brothers' bodies.



One brother's body was found underneath the trailer in which they lived; the otherís body was found in a ditch off county Road 7 east of Ottawa.






Michael Fay


Romes brothers


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