Teen shooting suspect indicted


Tyrin Hawkins, 17, of Springfield, has been indicted by a Clark County grand jury on a murder charge in connection with the Easter morning shooting death of Springfield teen Jeff Wellington.

Wellington, 17, a standout athlete at Springfield High School, was shot outside of the Coventry Village Apartments on North Limestone Street in Springfield. He was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center by medics and transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he died a few hours later.

In a May 29 Clark County Juvenile Court probable cause hearing, Judge Joseph Monnin ruled that Hawkins could be tried as an adult and his case could be presented to a grand jury. Three witnesses testified that they were in the parking lot of the apartment with Wellington and Hawkins when they saw the suspect pull the trigger. On Monday, Hawkins was indicted on a charge of murder.

Clark County Prosecutor Andrew Wilson said his office sought to try Hawkins in adult court because the teen's alleged actions deserve some form of punishment, not solely rehabilitation — which is normally the focus of those tried in juvenile court.

"The overriding goals of the adult criminal justice system are to punish the offender and protect the community," Wilson said. "Given the facts of this situation, there was no question or hesitation in the decision that the adult system was the proper venue to handle this case."

Hawkins was arrested May 8 in Dayton by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team after a more than two-week search for the teen. Investigators pieced together tips and information to find Hawkins, who had fled the Springfield area after the April 20 shooting, police said.

Hawkins is currently being held in the Clark County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Hawkins is scheduled to be arraigned in a Clark County Common Pleas courtroom later this week.


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