Archive for Saturday, October 14, 1995


October 14, 1995


— One of nine teen-agers implicated in the September shooting death of a 14-year-old Ottawa girl has entered the juvenile equivalent of a guilty plea.

Nicholas Griffin, 16, stipulated to conspiring to commit aggravated battery in the death of Stephanie Perez, 14.

Griffin originally was named on a juvenile complaint alleging attempted aggravated battery and conspiring to commit aggravated battery.

After entering the stipulation this week in Franklin County District Court, Griffin was ordered to appear Thursday for a disposition hearing -- the juvenile equivalent of sentencing.

Six other Ottawa youths and two Topeka youths have been named in juvenile court or charged in adult court stemming from the shooting.

Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against one of the Topekans, Nathan Earwood, 16.

Authorities said Stephanie was shot during a dispute between the teen-agers and her brothers, whom the teen-agers considered rival gang members. Stephanie was described as an innocent bystander.

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