Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Burress pointed to a binder of evidence and DVDs that has been provided in a timely manner to the defense, but did not object to continuing the hearing until next week if defense needed more time to review.
Craft at first said he would not continue the matter, noting the narrow focus of the hearing, but when Bui said she could be available on March 5, he relented.
“In the interest of justice and fairness, I will continue (it) one more time, I will not do it again,” Craft said.
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Due to the teen’s age and seriousness of the charge, it is was a mandatory bind over to adult court if Craft found probable cause. The hearing is now set for March 5.
Craft ordered the teen, who will be 18 in September, to remain in the county juvenile detention center until the next court hearing.
The teen and three men — Quanterius Keith, Dwight Bailey II and Daniel Fitzgerald, all 21 — are accused of conspiring to kill the 48-year-old father of 10 children. Police say Keith, who is charged with aggravated murder, pulled the trigger.
Middletown police say the four are either a part of the Road Runner gang or conspired with gang members in the killing and that the incident is part of a string of crimes in the city.
The teen has a criminal record with ties to drugs and gangs in juvenile court dating back to 2016, according to court records provided by Court Administrator Rob Clevenger.
Keith’s and Bailey’s cases are now waiting to be considered by a Butler County grand jury. Middletown police are still looking for Fitzgerald.
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