Teen in Ronnie Bowers shooting may be tried as adult

Ronnie Bowers/Routsong Funeral Home

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting a Kettering teenager may be tried as an adult.

Ben Swift is the attorney representing the 17-year-old. Swift says it appears his client will be transferred to adult court.

The 17-year-old is accused of shooting and killing Ronnie Bowers in September of 2016.

Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi canceled a hearing scheduled for Friday, where he was expected to rule on whether the teenager would be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Judge Capizzi is expected to issue a written decision on the matter.

The Ohio Supreme Court in May ruled that juveniles who committed certain crimes must be transferred to adult court. That ruling reversed a previous decision by the court that the automatic transfer to adult court violated a juvenile defendant’s constitutional rights.

Prosecutors have requested that the teenager be tried as an adult on charges of murder, and other charges related to Bowers’ death.

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Four people were arrested in connection with the shooting, three juveniles and one 18-year-old. Two of the teenagers have testified against the shooting suspect.

The 18-year-old, Miles Heizer, was released, but is facing charges in an unrelated case.

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