Archive for Monday, October 2, 1995


October 2, 1995


— A 16-year-old Topekan accused of shooting and killing an Ottawa girl remained in custody Monday awaiting a court hearing.

Ottawa Police Chief Jeff Herrman said Monday afternoon that a hearing had not been scheduled for Nathan Lee Earwood, 16, who turned himself in to Shawnee County authorities on Sunday.

A warrant was issued late last week for Earwood's arrest on counts of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and felony possession of a firearm.

Herrman said Monday afternoon that Earwood remained in custody in Shawnee County awaiting the hearing, which will be held in Franklin County District Court.

Earwood is accused of shooting and killing Stephanie Perez, 14, outside the southwest Ottawa apartment where she and her family lived. Stephanie died after being struck by a .22-caliber bullet in the chest. The homicide occurred Sept. 24.

Authorities said Earwood was one of nine youths who went to the apartment to start a fight with Stephanie's brothers, who the teens considered rival gang members.

Of the other eight teens, seven are named on juvenile complaints alleging attempted aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. The other is being prosecuted as an adult on the same charges.

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