Grand jury indicts man in slaying of Ohio mom

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A man looking to rob a young mother's home tied her up in the basement, had sexual contact with her 4-year-old son and fatally shot the woman after she broke free and stabbed him, a prosecutor said Thursday as he announced he was seeking the death penalty against the suspect.

Charlie Myers, 22, kicked in the door to the woman's home Jan. 2 as she was making dinner, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. said in his first public comments about the case.

Myers took the woman and the boy to the basement, tied the woman to a chair, then took the boy upstairs and had sexual contact with him, Heck said in his first public comments about the case.

The 29-year-old mother broke free, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Myers once in the side. He then shot her twice with a shotgun, Heck said.

Myers, of Columbus, left the boy at a highway rest stop with no coat or shoes, Heck said. Travelers found the boy wandering around and called police.

A grand jury indicted Myers on numerous charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and gross sexual imposition involving a child under 13.

Myers, who is being held in jail in lieu of $5 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. A message seeking comment was left for public defender Michael Pentecost, who has been assigned to the case.

Myers made an impromptu statement to reporters last week as he was being led into jail, offering an apology and saying he had made a mistake.

He didn't confess to the slaying, but he acknowledged taking the woman's son and dropping him off at an Interstate 70 rest area in central Ohio.

The boy turned 5 on Saturday.

Heck called the boy "a very brave young man."

The Associated Press is not naming the family so as not to identify the victim of an alleged sexual offense.

Heck said the case began a week before Christmas, when Myers stole the victim's car - at random - from a parking garage at Ohio State University in Columbus, where the boy's mother and father had attended a rock concert to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. Items left in the car identified the family and where they lived.

FBI agents found that the woman's cell phone was used twice in Columbus after her death, including a call made to Myers' phone, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.

If convicted, a death sentence is far from guaranteed for Myers. Only one in every three defendants charged with a capital crime in Montgomery County has ended up with a death sentence, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.


Associated Press Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.

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