Two fellows, 16 and 13, killed the younger girl’s mom because she wouldn’t let them hang out, tell the police.
A 16-year-old Ohio girl who supposedly took part in a fatal attack on her friend’s family in May has been formally charged with murder in grown-up court.
On Monday, a grand jury in Clark County Common Pleas Court accused Natasha Ellis, 16, of New Carlisle on charges of murder in conjunction with the fatal stabbing of Lee Moore, 36, of New Carlisle, multiple outlets — including local station WHIO — report.
Ellis was accused on charges of aggravated murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and felonious assault for allegedly wounding two others in the attack, including the 13-year-old friend’s father, Paul Greear, 56, and his 17-year-old boy, the Dayton Daily News reports.
Ellis is assumed to be arraigned later this week. She has not yet entered a plea.
The 13-year-old friend’s name is being withheld because she is a minor and she is being tried as a “youthful serious offender,” reports.
Under Ohio law, the 13-year-old cannot be charged as a grown-up, Clark County Prosecutor Dan Driscoll said, the Springfield News-Sun reports. But, the 13-year-old faces the same charges as Ellis.
The crime occurred to light on May 23 around 3 a.m., when Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies returned to a 911 call, after a hangup from the same number, telling someone had broken into a New Carlisle home and was assaulting the caller’s parents, reports.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered Moore suffering from stab wounds, reports.
She was hurried to a local hospital where she later died.
Prosecutors and deputies say the teens thought the alleged attack after the 13-year-old’s parents forbade her from giving time with Ellis, reports.
“They had been framing for a while to do this,” Deputy Deborah Burchett said, reports.
Despite being told to stay away from each other, the two buddies continued to meet at a local library, say authorities, reports.
The two allegedly came up with a plan for Ellis to sneak into the residence in the middle of the night with the help of the 13-year-old and kill the teen’s mom, father, and son, deputies said.
In the initial hours of May 23, Ellis, then 15, allegedly broke into the family’s home and began hitting them with a knife.
Greear and his boy subdued the 15-year-old until police arrived, reports.
One of the first to appear at the family’s home on the night of the alleged attack, Penewit told the court, “We could learn the screaming coming from inside the house,” said Deputy Amanda Penewit told in court in July, reports.
Ellis allegedly described Penewit and a detective that they attacked the family because the 13-year-old was being hurt “and this was the only solution,” reports.
Ellis has been kept in a juvenile facility since her arrest in May.
In May, the teens were indicted in Clark County Juvenile Court. The teens entered denials – pleas of not blameworthy – to all charges.
Since then, prosecutors have worked to move Ellis’s case to a grown-up court.
Ellis’s attorney did not quickly respond to requests for remark.