Judge delays document-release decision in Niles beating death

court hearing on document release in Niles, Ohio beating death

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – A judge has granted public access to legal documents in a Niles murder trial, denying the defense team’s motion to suppress the information.

Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood denied the motion Thursday morning after deciding to delay the decision Thursday. In the case, prosecutors have accused 15-year-old Jacob Larosa with beating Marie Belcastro, 94, to death on March 31.

The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office has asked that Larosa be tried as an adult.

According to a press release issued by the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office soon after Belcastro’s death, police determined that the Niles grandmother died by homicide after arriving at her house. Assistant prosecutors then determined that there was probable cause to charge Jacob Larosa, 15, with aggravated murder, the release stated.

WKBN 27 First News has obtained a copy of the criminal complaint filed by police, which would have been sealed if Harwood approved the defense’s motion.

Warning: The complaint is very graphic. It can be read here.

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