LaRosa waives speedy trial, wants case heard in juvenile court

Jacob LaRosa appeared in court Friday in the beating of an elderly woman in Niles, Ohio.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Jacob Larosa, the Niles teenager accused of killing his elderly neighbor, appeared in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Friday for a pre-trial hearing.

Larosa was indicted by a grand jury in December on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and attempted rape.

At Friday’s hearing, LaRosa waived his right to a speedy trial so that his attorney can continue the appeal process to get the case heard in juvenile court.

Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office is ready to prosecute the case.

“Generally, from the time they’re received here in the Common Pleas Court, most of the case are resolved within about a year,” Becker said. “This case is a little unusual because it took so long to get it bound over from the juvenile court, but this request is pretty much the norm for a high-profile homicide case to go to trial.”

Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for February 26, and a court date was set for Sept. 19, 2016

The 16-year-old is being tried as an adult in the March beating death of his neighbor, 94-year-old Marie Belcastro, at her Cherry Street home.

LaRosa could face life in prison without parole.

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