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Prosecutors want Champaign Co. teen accused of murder tried as an adult

Prosecutors want Champaign Co. teen accused of murder to be tried as an adult (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: Prosecutors want an 8th grader charged who is being with murder to be tried as an adult.

14-year-old Donovan Nicholas is charged with killing his father's longtime, live-in girlfriend earlier in April in their Champaign County home.

The teen is charged with aggravated murder and murder for allegedly shooting and stabbing the woman he called his mother.

Investigators said Nicholas is claiming to have multiple personalities, and the one that did the killing has been in his head for three months.

Prosecutors filed a complaint against Nicholas that said he called 911 on April 6, saying he killed Heidi Taylor by stabbing and shooting her at their home

"Certainly what's been alleged in the complaint is that the crime was committed in an intentional, deliberate and premeditated manner," Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said.

According to the complaint, Nicholas said another person inside him named "Jeff" did it because he was tired of Taylor and that she used drugs.

Nicholas allegedly told investigators he got a kitchen knife and called Taylor downstairs.

Hiding behind a door, he attacked and stabbed her numerous times during a struggle.

Taylor made it back upstairs where Nicholas then shot her in the head with his father's gun.

Now, prosecutors want him tried as an adult

"Primarily because we don't believe that sanctions or penalties available in the juvenile court are sufficient to address the severity of the crimes that were committed," Talebi said.

"We'll that's certainly something that we want to resist. We don't think that's appropriate," Nicholas' Defense Attorney Darrell Heckman said

First, the judge has to find probable cause that Nicholas committed the murder, then a mental health evaluation will be done to determine if the teenager should be sent to adult court.

"He's not been treated by any mental health professionals at any time in his life up until now," said Heckman.

A competency evaluation for the 8th grader is scheduled for April 20.

After that both parties will be in court in June for a hearing.

The judge could decide then if Nicholas will be tried as an adult.


URBANA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Prosecutors said a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father's girlfriend should be tried as an adult.

Donovan Nicholas made another appearance in court this afternoon in Champaign County. Prosecutors said the 40-year-old woman's murder was premeditated and that multiple weapons were used.

Nicholas appeared in court earlier this month and has been charged with aggravated murder and murder. In a 911 call made the night of Heidi Taylor's death, Nicholas admitted to killing Taylor but claims another person inside of him did it; someone he can't control.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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