By Frank Lewis
A visiting judge will decide whether a 14-year-old Scioto County boy, accused of shooting his father to death, will be tried as an adult or a juvenile. An Amenability Hearing is scheduled for April 29 at 1 p.m. in Scioto County Juvenile Court.
“An Amenability Hearing means they will determine if he should be tried as an adult or not,” Juvenile Court Administrator Dawn Keller told the Daily Times.
Pike County Judge Jerome D. Catanzaro will hear the case because Scioto County Probate and Juvenile Judge James Kirsch has been suffering of health issues over several months. 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 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. After an interview, the juvenile was arrested.
At the time of the boy’s arrest, 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 remains in the Ross County Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.