Teens plead not guilty in death of woman at Ohio state park


LOGAN, Ohio (AP) – Two 16-year-old boys have pleaded not guilty in the death of a woman killed by a falling log at an Ohio state park on Labor Day.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley were arraigned Friday in Hocking County Court on murder, involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges. The teens are being tried as adults.

They are accused of throwing or pushing a 74-pound (33.6-kilogram) log over a hill that struck and killed 44-year-old Victoria Schafer, who was standing below on stairs near Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park.

A judge freed the teens on recognizance bonds and ordered them to remain under house arrest while monitored electronically.

Buckley’s attorney declined to comment. A message seeking comment was left with Churchheus’ attorney.

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