Pre-trial hearing set for Springfield teen charged with murdering his 14-year-old brother

Harley Starling was beaten and stabbed to death in October. His brother will now be tried as an adult in Clark County. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Springfield teen charged with murdering his 14-year-old brother will appear in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

The 16-year-old is charged with delinquency counts of murder and tampering with evidence for the beating and stabbing death of his younger brother Harley Starling.

Starling was found dead inside a bedroom of his grandmother’s house – in the 2200 block of Superior Avenue in Springfield.

The grandmother told police she went downstairs around 5:30AM Monday to get Harley ready for school when she found him dead.

Police records revealed the Springfield High School freshman was “cold to the touch” and “was clearly dead and had been for several hours” prior to their arrival.

The grandmother said the night before, the teen was playing with his Halloween costume and fake blood and watching a movie with his 16-year-old brother.  She also told police she didn’t hear anything suspicious.

The 16-year-old is currently being held at the Clark County Juvenile Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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