Ottawa A teen-ager accused of murdering an Ottawa girl has been convicted as an adult in a previous case, court records show, and therefore can be tried as an adult in Franklin County.
Shawnee County District Court records show that Nathan Earwood, 16, was convicted as an adult earlier this year on a felony count of criminal damage to property. Under Kansas law, juveniles who have compiled adult records may be tried as adults after committing future crimes.
Ottawa Police Chief Jeff Herrman said Tuesday that Earwood remained in custody in Shawnee County, where the teen-ager surrendered to authorities on Sunday. Authorities announced Friday that a warrant had been issued for Earwood's arrest on counts of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Records of Earwood's previous adult conviction show that he was being sought for a probation violation at the time he allegedly shot and killed Stephanie Perez, 14, on Sept. 24.
A Shawnee County judge ordered Earwood into a prison boot camp after the teen-ager was found guilty of the initial crime. The boot camp was full at the time, so Earwood was granted a probation term to be supervised by a Shawnee County probation officer until space became available at the camp.
But a warrant was issued a short time later after Earwood, who also was ordered to maintain a curfew under supervision of his parents, failed to report to his probation officer.