ROSS TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The 17-year-old Ross High School student accused of gunning down an 18-year-old classmate during a robbery will be tried as an adult in the case.
"It's a horrific crime and a sad loss of life," Sheriff Richard Jones said.
Zach Welsh is accused of luring Austin Hensley to a duplex on the 900 block of Hine Road with the intention of robbing him, Jones has said. Welsh and Hensley met to trade guns, but a fight erupted, according to the sheriff.
Welsh shot and killed Hensley, a criminal complaint states. Then, he washed and wiped down the gun before hiding it.
Welsh is facing a charge of murder. He is in the Butler County Jail on a $750,000 bond.
This is not Welsh's first time in the court system. He was kicked out of school for an unrelated incident, the sheriff noted.
A second suspect, Joshua Taylor, was charged with theft of a fire arm in the case. He stole a .38 caliber handgun, the sheriff said, refusing to confirm it was used to kill Hensley or to even explain the weapon's role in the case.