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Prosecutors seek to try murder suspect as an adult

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    HANDOUT PHOTO FROM LORAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT of Darius Ramey

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ELYRIA — Prosecutors will seek to try Darius Ramey, the 16-year-old facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting a man in the head earlier this month, as an adult, according to paperwork filed Monday in Lorain County Juvenile Court.

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HANDOUT PHOTO FROM LORAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT of Darius Ramey

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But defense attorney Anthony Baker and Michael Towne, the attorney appointed to represent Ramey’s interests, both said they plan to challenge those efforts, arguing that Ramey shouldn’t be subject to having his case automatically transferred to the adult justice system.

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Kenneth Shinafelt

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Ramey turned himself in to police Friday in connection with the July 11 shooting of 31-year-old Kenneth Shinafelt, who died the next day from his injuries. Shinafelt was found shot in the head on Reeves Avenue near West 23rd Street, according to Lorain police, who haven’t released further details on the shooting.

Baker said he’s seen little of the evidence investigators have gathered in the case and couldn’t discuss the alleged motive for the shooting publicly.

Ramey surrendered last week on an arrest warrant that stemmed from him allegedly violating the terms of his probation in an earlier robbery case.

Assistant County Prosecutor Amy Price said that Ramey has an extensive criminal record, including prior delinquency charges against him, the robbery case and assault.

But Baker said the robbery case wasn’t as bad as it sounds. He said the case involved his client pushing someone off a bicycle and then stealing the bike.

Baker and Ramey’s mother, identified by Towne as Anita Zendejas, had asked Magistrate Steve Blake to release Ramey while he awaits further court proceedings in the case, but Price argued that he was a flight risk.

Zendejas told Blake that her son had been unfairly portrayed in the media, something she suggested had endangered his life. She said someone fired a gun at him while he was walking to her house.

Blake decided to have Ramey held at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home on the murder charge, an allegation Baker denied on behalf of his client during Monday’s court appearance.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.



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