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Ohio teen charged in slayings of two

– A 17-year-old who told authorities last week where they could find the bodies of two teenage brothers has been charged in their deaths, and prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

The aggravated murder charges announced Friday came just over a week after the three teens were named in an Amber Alert issued after the slain brothers’ mother discovered a gun and blood inside a trailer home where the three boys lived with their mothers. The mother frantically called 911 on May 9, telling authorities to “please hurry.”

The brothers, 14-year-old Blaine Romes and 17-year-old Blake Romes, were found dead hours later.

The Associated Press previously identified the accused 17-year-old boy but now is withholding his name because he has been charged as a juvenile. The boy’s attorney and his mother have declined to comment.

The boy told officers that the Romes brothers were dead and pointed authorities to their bodies after he was found with an allegedly stolen car at a gas station in Columbus, about 120 miles southeast of the trailer park in Ottawa, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

The boy pleaded not guilty to a grand theft auto charge a week ago but was not immediately charged in the deaths. The aggravated murder charges were filed Thursday in juvenile court, but a judge has been asked to send the case to adult court, county Prosecutor Gary Lammers said.

Authorities have released few details about what happened, saying they are limited because those involved are juveniles. Investigators have not said how the boys died. Documents from the sheriff’s office indicate one of the bodies was found at the trailer while the other was found at a different location but didn’t say where. Autopsies were completed a week ago, but the county coroner has refused to release the results.

Hundreds of classmates attended a funeral Wednesday for the brothers in Ottawa, a village of 4,500 people south of Toledo.

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