By Frank Lewis
An Amenability Hearing for a 14-year-old boy accused of shooting his father to death, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, has been pushed back. Monday morning, in response to a call to her office by the Daily Times on Friday, Juvenile Court Administrator Dawn Keller said the new date for the hearing which will determine whether the boy is tried as a juvenile or an adult, will be June 12 at 1 p.m. in Scioto County Juvenile Court.
Pike County Judge Jerome D. Catanzaro will hear the case because Scioto County Probate and Juvenile Judge James Kirsch has been suffering with health issues over several months. The juvenile is charged in the death of his father, Michael P. Riley, 48, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
The shooting occurred on March 16, 2014, at a residence located at 678 Disterdick Road, in Franklin Furnace. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. 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.
Detectives responded to the location to process the scene, the juvenile male was detained from the residence on Junior Road and transported to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.
After a preliminary investigation, detectives arrested the 14-year old-son of the victim. After consulting with the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office the juvenile male was charged with one count of murder, a felony of the first degree and is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center located in Ross County.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.