A 13-year-old boy charged with killing a Canton teen more than a week ago entered a plea of "not true" in Stark County juvenile court Wednesday morning.
The boy, whom WKYC is not naming due to his age, is accused of aggravated murder in the Mar. 30 shooting death of 14-year-old Sylvia McGhee. He also pleaded not true (which has the same effect as not guilty in adult court) to lesser charges.
McGhee, a student in the Canton City School District, was found shot in the head near the 1000 block of Bieyl Court Southwest. The boy was arrested Tuesday, 10 days after the killing.
According to Ohio law, the suspect cannot be charged as an adult as he is only 13, one year younger than the minimum age for a case to be transferred to adult court. However, due to his being charged with a violent felony, a judge could be able to enact stiffer penalties should he be convicted.
The boy is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. on May 28. Until then, he will be held in the juvenile detention center.