- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A 16-year-old Ohio boy accused of killing a 94-year-old neighbor has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

A judge continued the teen’s $3 million bond during a hearing Tuesday in Warren. He also faces kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and attempted rape charges in the March 31 death of Marie Belcastro.

The Warren Tribune-Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1kgT2V4 ) police found blood throughout Belcastro’s home in Niles, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland. A coroner ruled Belcastro died from a blow to the head with a blunt instrument.

A judge earlier ruled the teen should be tried as an adult. He was released from a juvenile detention center the day of the slaying.

The teen’s attorney declined to comment Wednesday.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes.


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