Two teens have been indicted on three charges, including complicity to murder, for their alleged role in a Thanksgiving homicide in Logan County.
Tatiana Freeman and Jasmine Lewis, who were both 17 at the time of their arrest, were charged with complicity to aggravated burglary, complicity to aggravated robbery and the complicity to murder charge in connection with the death of Jeff Brentlinger.
Each charge has a specification added to it because a firearm was allegedly involved.
Zachariah Huddleston, 22, and Alexus Walton, 19, also have been charged in the death. The alleged gunman, Marquevous Watkins, 22, of Lima, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder with a gun specification and was sentenced last month to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.
Huddleston’s trial is set to begin July 25.
The teens are being tried as adults after Logan County Juvenile Judge Kim Kellogg-Martin ruled last week that their case should be transferred to common pleas court.
Brentlinger’s daughter found him dead in his rural Zanesfield home in the 6400 block of Township Road 127 about 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Prosecutors have described it as a planned robbery that went bad.
Prosecutors have alleged Brentlinger set up a video camera prior to Lewis and Freeman coming to his house. The laptop was set on a shelf in his open bedroom closet.
The 30-minute video, which was played in court during a previous hearing, appears to show Brentlinger hugging and kissing the girls. Then a man can be heard breaking into the house and within seconds Brentlinger is sitting on a bed with a gun pointed at him.
During a brief struggle, a gunshot is heard and the gunman can be heard saying, “Give me your money.”
Brentlinger later says, “I know you,” then as the two go off camera, another gunshot is heard. Prosecutors said that was the deadly shot. At the end of the video, Brentlinger’s labored breathing can be heard before his death.
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