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Wadsworth teen accused of killing 98-year-old woman will be tried as an adult

Posted at 11:51 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 11:59:32-04

A Wadsworth High School student accused of killing a 98-year-old neighbor who was found dead in a closet in April will be tried as an adult, according to court officials.

Gavon Ramsay, 17, has waived his rights to a hearing and has been bonded over to be tried as an adult.

Margaret Douglas, 98, was reported missing by an out-of-town relative after one of her friends had not been in contact with her since April 3. After police did a second walkthrough of her home, Douglas was found stuffed in a closet and concealed with clothing and other various items, according to Wadsworth police.

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Police said evidence found on the high school student's phone places him at the murder scene. Police believe Douglas was strangled by the teen, who lives in the same Wadsworth neighborhood. Authorities believe he stole her wallet and is a suspect in other cases, such as car break-ins and breaking into a trailer on a construction site.

Ramsey is awaiting a grand jury hearing scheduled for sometime next week, according to the prosecutor. His bond has been set at $1 million.