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TWO MORE DETAINED IN OTTAWA MURDER

September 29, 1995

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— Two more teen-agers have been detained in the Sunday shooting death of a 14-year-old Ottawa girl.

Lawrence McCall, 16, and Ben Evans, 17, made appearances Thursday in Franklin County District Court after they were detained Wednesday.

The development brought to eight the number of teens implicated in the slaying of Stephanie Perez, who died of a single gunshot wound to the chest Sunday at her family's southwest Ottawa apartment building.

A key suspect -- the teen-ager suspected of firing the fatal gunshot -- remained at-large Thursday.

McCall and Evans, like six teens detained within hours of the shooting, were named on juvenile complaints alleging attempted aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit attempted aggravated battery.

Four of the six teens who were detained shortly after the shooting appeared in court Thursday.

The four were: Ian Isaac Mastel, 16, his brother, Benjamin F. Mastel, 15, Kenneth R. Heth, 16, and Nicholas Griffin, 16.

During their appearances, a judge set motion hearings for Oct. 19 for the Mastels and Heth, and Oct. 12 for Griffin.

Sean M. Pedrow, 17, and Toby W. Surber, a 17-year-old Ottawa resident who is being charged as an adult, also have been implicated.

Testimony in previous hearings indicated that the teen-agers armed themselves and went to the family's apartment to start a fight with Stephanie's brothers.

After arriving, at least one of the boys began firing at the apartment.

Stephanie, who authorities described as an innocent bystander, was struck by a .22-caliber bullet. She died at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where she was taken by helicopter.

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