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Suspect pleads not guilty in arraignment; charged with murder of 98-year-old woman

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    Gavon N. Ramsay, 17, of Wadsworth, leaves the courtroom after pleading “not guilty” to the charges against him in the death of 98-year-old Wadsworth resident Margaret Douglas Tuesday morning.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Gavon N. Ramsay, 17, of Wadsworth, was arraigned in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler Tuesday morning. Ramsay entered a plea of not guilty to nine counts in relation to the death of 98-year-old Wadsworth resident Margaret Douglas.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — The Wadsworth teenager indicted in the death of 98-year-old Margaret Douglas pleaded not guilty to all charges against him during an arraignment hearing before Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler on Tuesday morning.

Gavon N. Ramsay, 17, of Wadsworth, responded “yes, Your Honor” as Kimbler asked if he understood each of the nine counts against him after reading each one.

“At this time we will enter pleas of not guilty to the indictment,” Chief Public Defender Jocelyn Stefancin said during the hearing.

Kimbler asked Ramsay if he “had the ability to hear and to understand what has been said in the courtroom at this time” before accepting the plea.

Ramsay was indicted by a Medina County grand jury May 22 on four aggravated murder counts, two counts of murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of gross abuse of a corpse in the April 6 death of Douglas.

Kimbler scheduled a final pre-trial hearing for 8 a.m., July 23, and set a jury trial for Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.

County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn determined the teen met the necessary statutory factors to be tried as an adult during a May 16 hearing.

Ramsay 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 in the 300 block of Portage Street. It was concealed by various items and clothing.

Ramsay is being held at the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center on $1 million bond.

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


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