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Columbus Teen Likely to Face Adult Charges in Alleged Summer Murder Spree
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A teen suspected of involvement in at least two fatal shootings and an attempted murder committed during a summer crime spree will likely be indicted and tried as an adult, according to prosecutors.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien expects 17-year-old Devonere Simmonds to be indicted on aggravated murder charges by the end of the week. Simmonds is accused of killing Imran Ashgar and Lamont Frazier in July, 2013.
Investigators believe Simmonds and alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Nathaniel Brunner, killed Ashgar during a robbery at a Livingston Avenue convenience store. Brunner has not been charged in connection with the murder of Frazier, who was shot a short time after Ashgar was killed.
The teens are also suspected of shooting William Rudd in the face in Madison County shortly after the murders were committed. The suspects were arrested after officers found them sleeping in Rudd's car.
Simmonds could face life in prison with no possibility of parole if he is convicted of the expected murder charges in adult court.