Hearing set to decide if teen can be tried as adult in Kettering shooting

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. was in the courtroom when Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi set a hearing to decide if a teen can be charged as an adult in the shooting death of Ronnie Bowers. (WDTN Photo/Tyler Utzka)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A Montgomery County juvenile judge has set a date for a hearing where it will be decided if a teen can be charged as an adult in the shooting death of Ronnie Bowers.

Montgomery County Prosecutors said Wednesday morning they are asking for one of the teens involved in the death of a Kettering teen to be tried as an adult.

In a news conference, prosecutors and the Kettering Chief of Police discussed amended charges to the three teens involved in the shooting death of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers.

Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck Jr. said charges have been filed against the three teens involved in the September shooting. The Prosecutor’s Office says after an extensive investigation they learned the juveniles that were with the 16-year-old “had no intention to escalate this altercation beyond a fistfight.”

Charges against the two juveniles include tampering with evidence, assault and aggravated menacing. The 16-year-old that prosecutors want tried as an adult faces two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and one count of grand theft of a firearm.

The case will be set for a hearing in Juvenile Court and if probable cause is found the transfer of the case to adult court is mandatory, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Ronnie Bowers was fatally shot in his car over Labor Day weekend, shortly after going to Alterfest with friends.

Heck said, “This was a sad and tragic event. Ronnie Bowers was a well liked 16-year-old student at Fairmont High School and was a completely innocent bystander who was fatally shot by the defendant.”

The probable cause hearing for the 15-year-old accused of pulling the trigger is scheduled for January 24 and 25.

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