From staff and wire reports
A Vermilion teen has been charged with murder in the death of a guard at a state-run juvenile detention center near Cleveland.
The 18-year-old is accused of kneeing the guard in the abdomen during an April 29 assault in the laundry room at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Michael Horn said Friday that the teen, who was 17 at the time of the guard’s death, will be tried as an adult.
Authorities said the boy, whose identity wasn’t released, is from Erie County. He is charged with murder and felonious assault in the death of 39-year-old William Hesson of North Canton.
Earlier Friday, a Cuyahoga County coroner ruled the death as a homicide, saying Hesson died of cardiac rhythm disturbance caused by a blow to the abdomen.
The Vermilion boy has a history of violence. After he was sentenced to serve time in the Department of Youth Corrections following a disposition hearing Aug. 26, the boy reportedly became combative with court officials and Erie County Sheriff’s deputies.
At one point, the boy lunged for a deputy’s gun before being subdued with a taser.
Following the incident, the boy made statements to employees at the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center that if he had taken the deputy’s gun, he would have shot both deputies in the courtroom, as well as sentencing Judge Robert C. Delamatre.
The boy was originally adjudicated delinquent on two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition on a 2007 case out of Vermilion.
He was charged with aggravated robbery, assault and delinquency in connection with his August 2008 court outburst. The charges are still pending.