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Teen To Be Tried As Adult For Parents' Attempted Murder
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- A Liberty Township teen who is accused of trying to murder his parents will be tried as an adult.
At a hearing Tuesday, Mitchell Simon and his parents embraced each other after hearing the news.
Simon's defense attorney, Brad Kraemer, pleaded with the judge to keep him in juvenile court citing serious mental health issues.
Simon is charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson for locking his parents in their bedrooms and then setting fire to the home.
"I just hope this case comes back here so this kid can get the help he needs. Being in adult court is the last place this kid needs to be," Kraemer said.
Butler County Sheriff Detective Ron Owens was the only person to testify at the hearing. He showed pictures of the fire damaged home. But probably most shocking was when he read portions of Simon's journal, where he primarily ranted about his parents.
"It's been since March 2013 and I still can't drive," Owens read from the journal. "The next page says plan, underlined, burn parents alive. And then there's a depiction of the house."
The journal also had a page filled with the words 'kill me.' According to Owens, when Simon was questioned by authorities, he told them he wanted to hurt himself, but then later said he actually wanted to hurt his parents as much as humanly possible.
Simon's parents are supporting him. They didn't comment on the decision.
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