Niles teen loses appeal to move case

LaRosa was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 16 on charges of aggravated murder

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

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Niles teen accused of killing a 94-year-old neighbor lost his appeal over his case being bound over late last year to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, the 11th District Court of Appeals dismissed the motion Monday filed by attorneys for Jacob LaRosa, 16, that questioned a Nov. 23, 2015, decision by Family Court Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood to allow the teen’s case to be moved into the adult system.

Writing for the majority, Judge Diane V. Grendell said the appeal is premature, and Judge Cynthia Westcott Rice concurred with this decision.

LaRosa’s case was bound over by Harwood to the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. The teen will appear there for a preliminary hearing on Friday. A trial is set to begin on Sept. 19.

LaRosa was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 16 on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and attempted rape, in the March 31 death of Marie Belcastro, 509 Cherry Ave., Niles.

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