Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Teen-ager sent to adult court over student's kidnap-slaying

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Finneytown teen-ager will face a possible life sentence if he is convicted of helping to kill a University of Cincinnati student last month.

        A Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge sent 17-year-old David McGee to adult court Tuesday, concluding the teen should face the stiffest possible penalty.

        Mr. McGee is accused of aiding another man, 19-year-old Michael Price, in the Aug. 14 abduction and slaying of David Peet. Mr. McGee is charged with complicity to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kid napping.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Peet, 19, was kidnapped at gunpoint in Finneytown in the early morning hours, forced into the trunk of his car and later shot to death.

        Mr. Price, of Winton Terrace, already has been indicted on an aggravated murder charge and will face a possible death sentence if found guilty.

        Because he is under 18, Mr. McGee's case was first sent to juvenile court. Judge Sylvia Hendon ruled Tuesday that Mr. McGee is old enough and the charges are serious enough to warrant a transfer to adult court.

        Judge Hendon's decision means Mr. McGee now faces nearly 40 years to life in prison if convicted. If he had remained in juvenile court, he could not have been held past age 21.

        Police say Mr. Peet, an artist and student, was abducted shortly after he gave the two teens a ride in his car at a Taco Bell in Finneytown. Mr. Peet was shot four times and his car was set on fire.

        Mr. Peet's parents attended the hearing Tuesday and said they agreed with the judge's decision.

        “We feel justice is being served,” said his mother, Joyce.

        Mr. McGee is being held in jail on a $1.5 million bond.


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