Ottawa teen appears in Putnam County Juvenile Court; pleads not guilty
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:32 PM
By Alex Woodring
Michael Fay, 17,(left) with attorney Shannon McAlister (center) and his mother (right). Fay pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft.
OTTAWA - Michael Fay, 17, pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft in Putnam County Juvenile Court this afternoon with Judge Michael Borer presiding.
Judge Borer ordered that Fay be held in the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. Assistant County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder informed Judge Borer that Fay could face additional charges later on.
"It is premature at this point to say what those charges could be," said Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers. "If the facts would warrant and support [a murder charge] it is on the table. But, at this point I have not seen a report that would give me a clear indication of whether that is appropriate at this stage or not but we will reserve that right and we will make a thorough review."
Both Schroeder and Lammars stated that the investigation is ongoing.
Lammers also indicated that a pre-trial could take place as soon as two weeks.
"If the facts and circumstances warrant that, all potential chargers remain on the table," said Schroeder when questioned about the possibility of charging Fay as an adult.
Fay was arrested in Columbus Thursday when police discovered him at a West Columbus gas station. After questioning, Fay informed police where the bodies of Blaine, 14, and Blake Romes, 17, were located. The Romes brothers and Fey were both initially thought to be kidnapped from an Ottawa trailer park early Thursday morning.
The brothers' mother, Shellie Grothaus, arrived to her Elcrest Trailer Park home at 1350 North Perry St Lot 61 early Thursday morning to what was described as a "crime scene."
Upon her arrival, missing were her two sons as well as Fay. All three juveniles were residents of 1350 North Perry St Lot 61. Also missing was Grothaus's silver 2006 Chevy HHR. The Chevy HHR was recovered along with Fay.
At 11:21 a.m. an Amber Alert was officially issued for the three teenagers. The alert was later canceled at 3 p.m. after Fay's arrest at 1:05 p.m.