Teen accused of murder pleads not guilty
Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:02 PM
BY ALEX WOODRING
Michael Aaron Fay, 17, leaves the Putnam County Common Pleas court room after he pleaded not guilty to all charges. (DHI photo/Alex Woodring)
OTTAWA - The Putnam County teen accused of murdering two brothers in Ottawa pleaded not guilty to all charges early Thursday morning.Michael Aaron Fay, 17, appeared before Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Basinger appeared following his indictment by a grand jury on several charges: two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse, one count of third-degree felony tampering with evidence, and one count of fourth-degree felony grand theft of a motor vehicle.
Following the advice of his attorney, Fay waived his right to a speedy trial.
"Ninety days is just not enough time for us to prepare fully," said Fay's attorney, William Kluge.
Fay is accused of killing Blake Romes, 17, and his 14-year-old brother Blaine on May 9. Fay directed authorities to the location of the bodies after he was found in Columbus following a state-wide Amber Alert. The Romes brothers were living with Fay at a trailer park in Ottawa with their mothers, Michelle Grothause and Vicki Fay. Fay's mother was present at Thursday's hearing.
Basinger allowed Fay to waive a speedy trial and ruled to keep bail at $5 million. That amount is the same as was originally set at a July 2 hearing where Putnam County Juvenile Court Judge Michael Borer bound Fay over to common pleas court to be tried as an adult.
Fay was ordered to be returned to the Wood County Juvenile Detention Facility. Although Fay is being tried as an adult, Ohio law mandates he still be held at a juvenile facility.
As an adult, Fay faces the possibility of life in prison without parole if found guilty.