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Teen Accused of Murder Faces New Charges

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Kate Liebers) -- A teenager accused of killing an 18-year-old Reynoldsburg student now faces additional charges.

Blacklick resident Adrian McGee, 17 -- who was initially charged with murder -- now faces counts of rape, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence, according to Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt.

McGee allegedly stabbed Danielle Michaels and leaving her to die in a wooded area behind Reynoldsburg High School's Summit campus on November 18.

The suspect's father claimed Michaels's death occurred accidentally when she was struck by a 13-inch knife that his son had thrown at a tree. McGee had allegedly smoked marijuana with the victim at Pine Quarry Park prior to her death.

Police found the knife, which the suspect allegedly purchased when he was 16 years old, inside the McGee family's Blacklick home.

A passerby discovered Michaels's body three days after she was reported missing to Reynoldsburg police by family members. Detectives believe she was killed on Saturday evening.

McGee is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on Monday afternoon at the Licking County Courthouse. He is scheduled to attend a probable cause hearing on December 13, during which a judge is expected to decide if the teen can be tried as an adult.

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