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Judge rules teen suspected in 98-year-old woman's killing can be tried as an adult

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    Medina County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn determined that 17-year-old Gavon Ramsay, center, will be tried as an adult in connection to the murder of 90-year-old Wadsworth resident Margaret Douglas.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / CHRONICLE

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    Medina County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn determined that 17-year-old Gavon Ramsay, center, will be tried as an adult in connection to the murder of 90-year-old Wadsworth resident Margaret Douglas.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / CHRONICLE

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MEDINA— Gavon Ramsay, the 17-year-old juvenile accused of murdering 98-year-old Wadsworth resident Margaret Douglas last month, will be tried as an adult in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

“We are here today for a probable cause hearing and transfer hearing for purposes of a bindover and transfer to the adult court,” Medina County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn said during the Wednesday morning hearing.

Ramsay faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary and abuse of a corpse.

In addition to determining that Ramsay met the necessary statutory factors to be tried as an adult, Dunn also set Ramsay’s bond at $1million.

Dunn asked both Chief Public Defender Jocelyn Stefancin and Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson for their bond recommendations.

“I simply ask that the court take into consideration his age and as part of the considering factors in determining bond in this matter,” Jocelyn Stefancin said. “We know the seriousness of the offense. We would ask that he not be held without bond and that a reasonable bond be granted under the circumstances.”

Thompson, citing the “aggravated nature of the crime” and other factors, requested bond be set at no less than $1million.

Ramsey was arrested April 16 in the Cleveland area after Wadsworth police detectives were notified of his possible involvement in Douglas' death.

Douglas' body was discovered April 9 in a closet in her home, concealed by various items and clothing. It is believed she died April 6 in the early morning hours, police said

Wadsworth Police Lt. Dave Dorland previously said it is believed Douglas was strangled.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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