Additional charges doable in Old Man’s Cave death on Labor Day

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A 74-pound, six-foot-extended log struck and killed Victoria Schafer on a staircase at Old Man’s Cave, situated inside Hocking Hills State Park.

Logan, Ohio — The Hocking County, Ohio, prosecutor’s workplace requested an extension Oct. 16 in the matter of charges brought against two 16-year-old males in the alleged homicide of a 44-year-old Chilicothe lady at Hocking Hills State Park.

Unnamed simply because they are youths, the pair is alleged to have brought on a 74-pound, six-foot-extended log to strike Victoria Schafer, who was standing about 75 feet under and on a staircase at Old Man’s Cave, situated inside two,356-acre Hocking Hills State Park.

Schafer was in the procedure of photographing quite a few other youths for their graduation photographs when she was struck and killed immediately by the log, investigators with the Ohio DNR and the Hocking County Sheriffs Workplace stated.

Each youths are from Logan, also in Hocking County. They every had been charged Oct. 10 with reckless homicide. The charge is a third-degree felony and carries with it a fine of up to $10,000, jail time of up to 5 years, or each.

Through a Hocking County Juvenile Court look the afternoon of Oct. 11, the two defendants every entered a plea of “denial” to the charges. In Ohio’s juvenile court program, youths do not enter pleas of guilty/not-guilty.

Subsequently, the two youths had been remanded to the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster exactly where they stay.

An added hearing is scheduled – tentatively set for Oct. 22 – in Hocking County Juvenile Court, even though the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Workplace is requesting an extension, says assistant prosecutor Jorden Meadows.

“We are nevertheless collecting proof pending (doable) additional charges,” Meadows stated.

Meadows says she also intends to go over with Hocking County Prosecutor Benjamin E. Fickel the possibility of transfering the charges to adult criminal court jurisdiction rather than maintaining them in the juvenile court program.

For a complete account of the case to date, choose up a copy of the Oct. 25 print edition of Ohio Outside News.

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