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Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:57 PM


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OTTAWA — The teen charged with the murders of Blake and Blaine Romes will be tried as an adult.


Michael Aaron Fay, 17, appeared Tuesday before Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Borer, who granted the prosecution’s request. The case will now head to the Putnam County Grand Jury before the end of July. The Grand Jury will consider additional charges such as an earlier charge of grand theft.


Judge Borer also granted the prosecution’s request that Fay’s bond be set at $5 million.

“Ultimately, the bond request was based on what I believe is necessary to protect the community,” said Assistant County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder.

Following the hearing, Schroeder expressed his confidence in the future trial.

“I feel confident with our evidence [to get a conviction],” said Schroeder. “I think that clearly this case has touched this community. Blake and Blaine were well respected and well liked. Hopefully we can do something to help with the healing.”

If Fay is found guilty of aggravated murder, he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.

In a June 27 hearing, a motion to exclude the media from Fay’s proceedings was denied by Judge Michael A. Borer.

The motion was brought forward by attorney William Kluge, representing the accused murderer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:11 AM

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