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Logan County teen accused of fatally stabbing mom will be tried as adult

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 6:48 PM

The DeGraff teen accused of fatally stabbing his mom and beating her with a baseball bat will be charged as an adult.

The DeGraff teen accused of fatally stabbing his mom and beating her with a baseball bat will be charged as an adult.

Brycen Caudill, 16, was first charged with murder, felonious assault and domestic violence in Logan County Juvenile Court.

Under Ohio law, because of his age and the severity of the charges — it is mandatory that his case be transferred to adult court.

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But Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart said in an agreement between the prosecution and defense, Caudill will only be indicted on the murder charge and he is expected to later plead guilty to that charge.

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Stewart said that indictment is scheduled to come down from a grand jury on Nov. 12, with Caudill’s formal arraignment in Logan County Common Pleas Court to follow shortly after.

Although his case will be headed to adult court, Caudill will still be in held in custody at the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center where has been since his arrest in mid-August.

Caudill was arrested hours after allegedly beating his mother, Crystal Caudill, 36, with a baseball bat and stabbing her multiple times at their home on East Miami Street in DeGraff, according to Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds.

After the stabbing, Caudill allegedly took off from the scene and was found several miles away from DeGraff by deputies.

Crystal Caudill was able to run from the home to a neighbor’s house for help.

Dodds previously told the News-Sun that Crystal Caudill was able to talk to deputies while EMS crews were arriving on scene and told them she had been stabbed by her son multiple times.

She was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine where she later died.

The crime shook the small and quiet DeGraff neighborhood. Many people were afraid to come out of their houses while the teen was still on the run.

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Investigators have not released a possible motive for the slaying.

In August, Sheriff Dodds said that Brycen Caudill was by all accounts — a good kid with a good future, citing a 3.5 GPA the teen held at Riverside High School.

The school did go on lockdown for a period of time before Caudill was taken into custody, out of fear that he would go there.

Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed Caudill the day of the stabbing after he was in handcuffs, and he said he had no specific reason for wanting to kill his mother, Dodds previously said.

The teen said he had been thinking about it the night before and just did it, Dodds said. During the interview, he said Caudill was very calm and showed no signs of remorse.

“Just out of nowhere. We aren’t sure at this time what provoked him,” Dodds previously said.