Teen charged with June homicide near Ben Hawes Park transferred to adult court

November 22, 2023 | 12:17 pm

Updated November 22, 2023 | 12:17 pm

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The male teenager charged with the homicide of 16-year-old Gay Mee Paw has been transferred to adult court for a possible indictment by a Daviess County Grand Jury, according to County Attorney John Burlew. The suspect’s bond has been set at $1 million.

Burlew said in a release that after a transfer hearing lasting approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes on Wednesday, the judge ruled that probable cause existed and that the alleged offender would be transferred to adult court. Burlew said family for both sides were present at the hearing.

The juvenile suspect, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, is currently still lodged in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Per state law, the juvenile’s identity can not be released until his first appearance in adult court. Burlew said the case is now in the hands of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

The suspect was arrested the evening of the shooting, which took place on June 21 near Ben Hawes Park. In addition to murder, the juvenile has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a minor, according to previous reports.

On June 26, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office announced a second male juvenile — this one 17 years old — had been charged in connection to the homicide of Paw. DCSO said charges included tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a minor, and unlawfully providing/permitting a minor to possess a handgun.

The second juvenile faced arraignment on July 3. Burlew previously said there are no plans to transfer the second juvenile to adult court. According to Burlew, the second juvenile did not actively use the firearm against another person in any of their offenses, making them ineligible to be tried as an adult.

November 22, 2023 | 12:17 pm

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