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17-year-old charged in deaths of Ohio brothers

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old who told authorities last week where they could find the bodies of two teenage brothers has been charged in their deaths, and prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

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Bicycles sit behind the home of Blake and Blaine Romes in Ottawa, Ohio, Friday, May 10, 2013. Two teenage brothers who had been reported missing were found dead after a third teen pointed authorities to their bodies before he was taken into custody, officials said. The three teens, 14-year-old Blaine Romes, 17-year-old Blake Romes and 17-year-old Michael Fay, lived together with their mothers inside a trailer home in Ottawa in northwest Ohio, neighbors said. The three had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday morning after a relative returned to the home and found a crime scene, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said. Fay was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The aggravated murder charges announced Friday came just over a week after the three teens were named in an Amber Alert issued after the slain brothers' mother discovered a gun and blood inside a trailer home where the three boys lived with their mothers. The mother frantically called 911 on May 9, telling authorities to "please hurry."

The brothers, 14-year-old Blaine Romes and 17-year-old Blake Romes, were found dead several hours later.

The Associated Press previously identified the accused 17-year-old boy, but now is withholding his name because he has been charged as a juvenile. The boy's attorney and his mother have declined to comment.

The boy told officers that the Romes brothers were dead and pointed authorities to their bodies after he was found with an allegedly stolen car at a gas station in Columbus, about 120 miles southeast of the trailer park in Ottawa, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

The boy pleaded not guilty to a grand theft auto charge a week ago, but was not immediately charged in the deaths. The aggravated murder charges were filed Thursday in juvenile court, but a judge has been asked to send the case to adult court, said county Prosecutor Gary Lammers.

Authorities have released few details about what happened, saying they are limited because those involved are juveniles. Investigators have not said how the boys died. Documents from the sheriff's office indicate one of the bodies was found at the trailer while the other was found at a different location, but didn't say where. Autopsies were completed a week ago, but the county coroner has refused to release the results.

Hundreds of classmates attended a funeral Wednesday for the brothers in Ottawa, a village of 4,500 people south of Toledo.

The younger brother, Blaine, was supposed to join his classmates on an eighth-grade class trip to Washington the morning he disappeared. His mother told a 911 dispatcher she left work because he was not answering his phone that morning.

He was on the basketball and track teams at his school.

Blake was a junior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, where he was involved in track and choir.

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