Teen accused of killing brother to be tried as adult

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) – A Springfield teen accused of murdering his 14-year-old brother will be tried in a Clark County adult court.

Nicholas Starling, 16, is accused of beating and stabbing his 14-year-old brother Harley to death in October. Nicholas Starling was the only suspect in the case.

READ MORE: Police: 16-year-old is sole suspect in 14-year-old brother’s death

Harley 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.

It is the policy of WDTN and WDTN.com to not name juvenile suspects. Now that Starling’s case has been moved to adult court we are using his name.

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