Court filings and statements Monday shed new light on the case.
Hicks, Pelphrey, Kayla J. Carmack, Logan Dean and Dakota Cox allegedly plotted to lure the alleged victim “for the purposes of tying him up, stripping him of his clothes” and taking him back to his home. There, they planned to rob him and split the proceeds, including money and marijuana, Judge Joe Kirby said in his rulings.
At Carmack’s bedroom window, the shooter “heard a noise behind him only to find Mason Trudics coming toward him with a baseball bat.” The intended robbery target fatally wounded Trudics, 18, of Centerville, and seriously wounded Dean, who fired two shots “as he was running away,” Kirby added.
Hicks, Pelphrey and Cox all claim to have abandoned the robbery plan before the shooting started.
Also last week, murder, aggravated robbery and conspiracy cases against Carmack, 17, of Turtlecreek Twp., and Dean, now 17, of Washington Twp., Montgomery County, were bound over to adult court for consideration by a grand jury.
“The charges currently filed against Carmack and Dean are the same charges I expect the grand jury to consider when their cases are presented in the next few weeks,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Monday.
He said nothing happened with Pelphrey’s plea agreement yet.
“However, Hicks and Pelphrey were both involved in the planning of the robbery and didn’t legally abandon their participation in the criminal conspiracy. They both initially got out of the vehicle, staked their positions, and lied in wait to conduct the robbery,” Fornshell said.
“However, when the victim didn’t arrive at the anticipated time, they all (with the exception of Kayla) left the Carmack residence. When they learned that the victim had finally arrived at the residence, Cox, Hicks, and Pelphrey remained in the vehicle while Trudics, Dean, and Carmack continued to try to carry out the robbery.”
Fornshell explain that, through the plea with Hicks, “we tried to balance his criminal liability for helping to plan this ill-conceived idea which resulted in his co-conspirator’s death with his respective involvement in what ultimately occurred, keeping in mind his young age, acceptance of responsibility, and goal of rehabilitation.”
Hicks, Pelphrey, Carmack and Dean remained in juvenile detention Monday.
Cox, 18, is already charged in Warren County Common Pleas Court with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools. He remained in the county jail, on a $1 million bond, set to return to court on Aug. 18.
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In addition to the marijuana, the defendants were allegedly motivated by the intended victim’s relationship with Carmack, whom Trudics was also dating.
In March, Kirby delayed the juvenile hearings in the case in response to orders issued in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Dean, Carmack and Hicks have been in the county detention center since Dec. 17, Pelphrey since Feb. 14.