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Grand jury indicts man in slaying of Ohio mom

Grand jury indicts man in slaying of Ohio mom

Prosecutors said Thursday they will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a young mother in her home, having sexual contact with her 4-year-old son and leaving him at a highway rest stop.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. announced the decision as he released an indictment against Charlie Myers, 22, of Columbus.
In his first public comments about the case, Heck said Myers drove to the woman's home Jan. 2 to rob the place. Myers confronted the boy and his 29-year-old mother, who was in the kitchen making dinner.
Myers took them to the basement, tied the woman to a chair, then took the boy upstairs and had sexual contact with him, Heck said. The woman broke free, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Myers once in the side. He then shot her twice with a shotgun, Heck said.
A grand jury indicted Myers on numerous charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and gross sexual imposition involving a child under 13.
Myers, who is being held in jail in lieu of $5 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left for public defender Michael Pentecost, who has been assigned to the case.
Myers made an impromptu statement to reporters last week as he was being led into jail, offering an apology and saying he had made a mistake.
He didn't confess to the slaying, but he acknowledged taking the woman's son and dropping him off at an Interstate 70 rest area in central Ohio, where travelers found the boy wandering around and called police.
The boy turned 5 on Saturday.
Heck called the boy "a very brave young man."
The Associated Press is not naming the family so as not to identify the victim of an alleged sexual offense.
Heck said the case began a week before Christmas, when Myers stole the victim's car _ at random _ from a parking garage at Ohio State University in Columbus, where the boy's mother and father had attended a rock concert to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. Items left in the car identified the family and where they lived.
FBI agents found that the woman's cell phone was used twice in Columbus after her death, including a call made to Myers' phone, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
If convicted, a death sentence is far from guaranteed for Myers. Only one in every three defendants charged with a capital crime in Montgomery County has ended up with a death sentence, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
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Associated Press Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-06 16:06 GMT+08:00