By Frank Lewis
The 14-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting death of his father has had a court appearance and is awaiting further court scheduling.
Dawn Keller, court administrator for Scioto County Juvenile Court, said Juvenile Court entered a plea of denial on the juvenile’s behalf and assigned an attorney to the case. He also received a pre-trial hearing. No date has been set for further court appearances, and Keller said the boy has been remanded to the Ross County Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe.
The Juvenile is charged in the death of his father, Michael P. Riley, 48, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office was called to a fatal shooting which occurred around 3:56 p.m. Sunday at a residence located at 678 Disterdick Road, in Franklin Furnace. Donini said his office received a 911 call from a residence on Junior Road in Franklin Furnace. He said the caller stated that a juvenile male showed up at his house stating that he had shot his father. Deputies, along with EMS, responded to 678 Disterdick Road, where they located a deceased male, later identified Riley. Riley had suffered from an apparent gunshot wound.
Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall told the Daily Times the boy told investigators he had “just been pushed to the point with the verbal abuse and he had just had enough.”
The boy faces one count of murder, a felony of the first-degree.
The Justice Department estimates that about 10 percent of all homicides are committed by juveniles under the age of 18. Nearly every year, the FBI arrests more than 33,000 young adults under the age of 18 for offenses.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.