Hearing set for teen accused of murdering elderly Niles woman

acob Larosa expected back in juvenile court in Niles, Ohio

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A hearing will be held November 16 through 18 to determine if a teen accused of killing an elderly Niles woman will be tried as an adult.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Larosa is charged with the beating death of Marie Belcastro, 94, on March 31, as well as aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and attempted rape. The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office has asked that Larosa be tried as an adult.

According to court documents, officers and paramedics were first called to the boy’s home on Lafayette Avenue the evening of March 31. They found him with blood on his hands and underwear and he was throwing up in a bathroom.

Police were then sent around the block to Cherry Street, where they found 94-year-old Marie Belcastro dead. Officers observed blood spatter throughout the home, as well as bloody footprints, the documents state.

At the hospital, police said Larosa initially denied being in the victim’s house, but later changed his story, claiming he went in a side door and that Belcastro gave him $10, the report states. As police canvassed the area, one neighbor showed them surveillance video they said shows Larosa at that side door, which had been forced open and broken.

Belcastro knew Larosa prior to the incident and paid him to mow her lawn and rake leaves, neighbors reported. Larosa’s sister said he had been released from the Juvenile Justice Center earlier in the day that Belcastro was killed.



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