Teen accused of murder pleads not guilty
Charges include abuse of a corpse
Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:04 AM
By Alex Woodring
Michael Aaron Fay, 17, leaves the Putnam County Common Pleas court room after he pleaded not guilty to all charges. (Putnam Sentinel/Alex Woodring)
OTTAWA - The Putnam County teen accused of murdering the Romes brothers pleaded not guilty to all charges, including two counts of murder, early Thursday morning.
Michael Aaron Fay, 17, appeared before Judge Randall Basinger following his indictment by a grand jury. Fay has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of abuse of a corpse, the latter fifth-degree felonies. Fay was also indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
Following his counsel's advice, Fay waived his right to a speedy trial.
"Ninety days is just not enough time for us to prepare fully," said Fay's attorney, Bill Kluge.
Judge Basinger also ruled to keep Fay's bail at $5 million, which was set at a July 2 hearing where Judge Michael Borer of Putnam County Juvenile Court bound Fay over to Common Pleas to be tried as an adult.
Fay was ordered to return to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Facility. Although Fay is being tried as an adult, Ohio law mandates he still be held at a juvenile facility. As an adult, Fay will face the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Fay's indictments accrued from the deaths of Blake and Blaine Romes on May 9. Fay directed authorities to the location of the bodies after he was found in Columbus following a state-wide Amber Alert. The Romes brothers were living with Fay at El Crest trailer park with their mothers, Michelle Grothause and Vicki Fay. Vicki Fay, Fay's mother, was present at Thursday's arraignment.