Teen accused in West Liberty-Salem school shooting to be tried as adult

This file photo shows Ely Serna and his attorney in court on May 5, 2017.(WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) – The teenager accused of shooting two classmates at his high school, Ely Serna, will be tried as an adult.

In a memo sent from the court Monday, Champaign County Juvenile Judge Lori Reisinger ordered Serna be transferred to the adult criminal division.  The ruling was made after a mental competency hearing and a probable cause hearing, which was waived by the defense.

A source close to the case told 2 NEWS the decision is a direct result of Ohio Supreme Court’s bind over ruling reversal last month.
Ohio law states juveniles 16 or older who commit certain violent crimes with a firearm are automatically transferred to adult court.

Serna is accused of shooting two classmates at West Liberty Salem school in January.  Seriously injuring 16-year-old Logan Cole.

2 NEWS called Kevin Talebi’s office Monday and we were told he was unavailable. 2 NEWS also reached out to Ely Serna’s attorney, Dennis Lieberman, and he declined to comment on the decision.

The judge found Serna competent to participate in his own trial in May and set bond at $1 million last week.

2 NEWS is following this story and will keep you updated as we learn more about this developing story.

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