WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – It has been almost a year since Marie Belcastro was brutally murdered in her Niles home. Now, lawyers representing the teen charged in her death, plan to file another appeal.
Jacob LaRosa, the 16 year old accused of killing his elderly neighbor, appeared in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas on Friday, just three days after the 11th District Court of Appeals denied his attorney’s motion questioning Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood’s decision to move his case into the adult system.
LaRosa’s lawyers are now planning to take their appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, hoping that LaRosa won’t be tried as an adult.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Chris Becker said he isn’t worried.
“We won in the 11th District Court of Appeals. We believe the arguments are just as sound, and we’ll win again at the Ohio Supreme Court… We don’t believe the court will even take the case,” he said.
Another pretrial is scheduled for LaRosa later this year, and his jury trial is set to begin in September.