Two of the three suspects charged in the late-May shooting death of a 20-year-old Fostoria girl pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
Garrett N. Brown, 18, whose address is listed as Findlay, and Tyson J. Ogg, 19, transient, appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve C. Shuff on Thursday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the May 21 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Janelle Mauricio.
The two, along with Dallas A. Salaz, 19, are accused of breaking into 218 E. Culbertson St. on May 21 and fatally shooting Mauricio. Her boyfriend, Caleb Barto, 19, was assaulted by the intruders, police said. According to court documents, the suspects had allegedly intended to steal money and illegal drugs from the house.
All three suspects were indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on June 12. According to court records, all charges carry firearm specifications.
Brown sat silently, unshaven and shackled, as attorney Mark Klepatz read the plea of not guilty to all counts on behalf of his client. He is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and aggravated murder, a special felony.
During Brown’s arraignment, Shuff set a speedy trial time limit of Sept. 6 and continued his bond of $1.5 million with no 10 percent allowed.
Brown, who had his 18th birthday last Sunday, was also ordered to be moved from Seneca County Youth Center to the Seneca County Jail.
If convicted, Brown faces a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.
Ogg, who was represented by attorney Francis Marley, pleaded not guilty to all three of his charges Thursday. He is being charged with complicity to commit aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; complicity to commit aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; and, complicity to commit aggravated murder, a special felony.
During Ogg’s arraignment hearing, Shuff continued the $1.5 million bond with no 10 percent allowed and set a speedy trial time limit for Aug. 19. Additionally, Shuff ordered that a combined pretrial/plea date be scheduled for sometime within the next two weeks or so.
Ogg sat stone-faced and quiet during his hearing, speaking softly only when addressed by either Shuff or Marley. His eyes, however, darted toward the media whenever camera shutters went off in his direction.
If convicted, Ogg could face a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.