Blacklick Teen Faces New Charges In Murder Case


Two weeks ago a person walking his dog east of the Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus found the body of Danielle Michaels near the softball field.

Now, a friend is facing new charges in her death.

The original murder charge was dismissed Monday and added to a new five-count complaint against 17-year-old Adrian McGee, who also now faces aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and tampering with evidence charges.

McGee walked into the Licking County Juvenile courtroom to face the new charges - his mother and father sitting with him at the defense table.

"Do you as parents have any objections to waive the reading of the complaint?” asked Juvenile Court Judge Robert Hoover.

“No,” responded McGee’s parents.

“All right, the court will accept the waiver," Judge Hoover said.

McGee sat motionless and expressionless during the entire hearing. 

He was arrested soon after Danielle Michael's body was found on November 18th.

Investigators say the two had gone to a party Saturday, November 16th and left together.

Police say McGee told them he threw a knife at Michaels, and it accidentally hit her in the throat. 

But police don't think it was any accident.

Investigators say McGee used force to rape and kidnap Michaels and then kill her.

McGee is also accused of getting rid of Michaels' cell phone.

"Do you understand these very serious charges could subject you to a life of imprisonment?” asked Judge Hoover in court.

“Yes Sir," responded McGee.

10TV tried to ask McGee questions as he walked out of the courtroom, but he did not respond and just kept walking down the hallway.

The prosecution has asked the case be transferred to common pleas court.

That means McGee will be charged as an adult on the two murder charges, but only after a probable cause hearing will it be determined if he will be tried as an adult on the three remaining charges.

That hearing is set for December 13.


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