Four teens, 13 to 15 are charged with murder after killing a young father by dropping a sandbag onto his car from an overpass
Prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday in Toledo against the boys, William Parker, 15, Demetrius Wimberly, 14, Sean Carter, 14 and 13-year-old Pedro Salinas
The four teens were arraigned on the charge of murder Wednesday at Lucas County Juvenile Court in downtown Toledo
Teens allegedly threw sandbag from overpass on I-75 that smashed through the windshield of a car passing beneath
Marquise Byrd, 22, was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries
Byrd, an engaged father of a 1-year-old son, died at a local hospital on Friday
His family is demanding that Ohio authorities try the teens as adults
Twenty-two-year-old Marquise Byrd [photo], died Friday at an Ohio hospital after he was hit in the head by a sandbag thrown from an overpass in Toledo Ohio.
Four teenage boys have been charged with murder in an Ohio juvenile court in connection with the Byrd’s death. Byrd was struck by the sandbag thrown from an interstate overpass on I-75 in Toledo on Dec 19.
Prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday in Toledo against William Parker, 15, Demetrius Wimberly, 14, Sean Carter, 14, and 13-year-old Pedro Salinas, , The Toledo Blade reported.
The teens initially were charged with the juvenile equivalent of felonious assault.
Twenty-two-year-old Marquise Byrd died Friday at a hospital, but the victim’s family demanded they be charged as adults.
The Warren, Michigan, man was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car traveling south on Interstate 75 in Toledo when a sandbag smashed through the windshield in Mid-December.
The oldest suspect William Parker, 15, is embraced during his arraignment on the charge of murder.
14-year-old Demetrius Wimberly, [center], is comforted as he is arraigned on the charge of murder Wednesday.
The Lucas County Coroner’s Office says Byrd died of blunt-force trauma injuries to the head and neck.
Police and a prosecutor have said the teens threw other objects from the overpass that night. Byrd, the father of a one-year-old boy and was engaged to be married, was on his way to visit friends in Toledo.
Byrd was a front-seat passenger in a southbound vehicle on Interstate-75 [photo], in Toledo, Ohio, when he was struck by a sandbag
The youngest of the four boys charged in the death of Marquise Byrd, Pedro Salinas, 13, is embraced by family members following his arraignment on the charge of murder Wednesday at Lucas County Juvenile Court in downtown Toledo
Sean Carter, 14, center, is embraced after his arraignment on the charge of murder Wednesday.
King said Byrd was like a brother to her.
When asked to describe him, she said: ‘Young, energetic, outgoing, lovable. He had a bright smile.’
Officers received a call at 10:10pm on December 19. They responded to the scene and saw the teenagers leaving the area after the incident.
The shattered windshield [photo], of the car the teens attacked a week before Christmas leading to the death of Marquise Byrd, a passenger in the vehicle.
Byrd’s family is demanding that authorities charge the four teens as adults.
So far, Ohio prosecutors said there are no plans to transfer the teens’ cases from the juvenile department to adult jurisdiction. Even as the teens appeared distressed during the arraignment, King said she has no sympathy for the delinquents and wants authorities to charge them as adults.
Prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday in Toledo against the boys, ages 13 to 15. One of the suspects is seen right
William Parker wipes tears away as he exits the courtroom after his arraignment on the charge of murder Wednesday.
‘My auntie has to bury her son. He’s gone. He’s never coming back,’ she King said.
‘She’s holding up the best she can.’
So far, Ohio prosecutors said there are no plans to transfer the teens’ cases from the juvenile department to adult jurisdiction.
Lori Olender, the deputy chief of the county prosecutor’s juvenile division, predicted that since the teens have no prior criminal records, there is a risk prosecutors would lose if they were tried as adults.