COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teen will be prosecuted as an adult in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery outside of a Columbus apartment complex.
A Franklin County Juvenile Court judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors established probable cause that 16-year-old Lawson Harris was involved in the shooting death of 28-year-old James Johnson.
Testimony provided by 18-year-old Charles Scott, one of four adults charged, helped sway the judge’s decision.
Scott said he saw Harris shoot Johnson in the face with a semi-automatic rifle during the May 8 robbery on Shore Boulevard East.
Scott is expected to plead guilty to charges as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Harris’ attorney says Scott’s testimony “is not to be believed” due to the deal.