Three teens charged with murder in Logan County shooting given first court date

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The three teens charged in connection with a double fatal shooting in Logan County have been given their first court date.

The teens — Ethan Grim, 17, Josiah Bush, 16, and Elijah Barrett, 15, of Urbana are set for an initial hearing date of Jan. 9.

The teens have all been charged with murder, with additional charges pending, according to the Bellefontaine Police Department.

Austin Allen, 20, also was arrested in late November on charges related to the homicides. He was charged with complicity to aggravated robbery, according to a statement from Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley.

Standley said in the statement Allen was with the three teens who were arrested for the shooting and participated in their getaway.

Allen is listed as an inmate at the Logan County Jail.

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Standley said his department began their investigation into the four when they were called to a home Nov. 27 on the 600 block of West Columbus Avenue.

When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Caleb Chamberlin dead with multiple gunshot wounds as well as witnesses at the home who said intruders had broken in and committed violence.

A second victim, Anthony Scartz, 24, was wounded at the scene, but later died as a result of his injuries.

Both Chamerblin and Scartz were hit multiple times during the shooting, the chief said, and the residents returned fire, striking Barrett.

“The tragic and senseless shooting that occurred in our city was the result of three armed suspects that apparently were solely focused on committing violence when they entered 601 West Columbus Avenue, Standley said in the statement. “The Bellefontaine Police Department has worked tirelessly to put the three teens and one adult behind bars for these heinous crimes. Now, we will continue to work with the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office to be sure each of the four are held accountable for their crimes.”

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After Barrett was shot several times during the encounter, Bush and Grim took him to Mercy Health Urbana Hospital and left him there. Hospital officials then called Urbana police to report a gunshot wound victim.

The other two boys continued on to Madison County, where they were tracked down at a house by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies based on a tip to Urbana police, according to Standley’s statement.

The statement goes on to say the three boys had been to the home on West Columbus before and one of them is believed to have known Chamberlin or Scartz.

In addition to the Scartz and Chamberlin’s deaths, two other adult females were assaulted at the scene, Standley said in the statement. The women were not hit in the gunfire but were treated for other injuries.

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