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Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:36 AM

By Alex Woodring

DHI Correspondent

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OTTAWA - The third teen involved in the May 9 Amber Alert who later directed authorities to the bodies of Blake and Blaine Romes has been charged with double aggravated murder, according to a press release from the Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Office on Friday.

The release stated Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Gary L. Lammers has filed a two-count complaint in the Putnam County Juvenile Court against the 17-year-old alleging delinquency for committing the crime of aggravated murders of 17-year-old Blake Romes and 14-year-old Blaine Romes.

Additionally, a motion to transfer has been filed requesting the juvenile court transfer jurisdiction of the case to the Putnam County Common Pleas Court so the teen can be tried as an adult.

According to Lammers, one of the brothers had shown signs of strangulation and each brother had been shot once. The accused was apprehended by Columbus Police and told authorities where the bodies of the Romes brothers could be found.

The teen was held on a charge of grand theft auto until the more serious charges could be prepared. At this time, no hearing has yet been scheduled to act on the motion to move the case out of juvenile court.

Authorities say that the two Romes brothers and their mother lived together with the third teen and his mother in a trailer in Ottawa. Around 5 a.m., Blaine Romes failed to arrive in time for his class’ trip to Washington D.C. When his mother was called, she drove home from work and found what the police chief said looked “like a crime scene.” Residents at the trailer park who did not wish to be identified stated that one body was found underneath the trailer. A published report stated the other body was found in a ditch alongside a Putnam County road.


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