In the latest update in the shocking story that saw a photographer killed as she shot senior portraits, the two 16-year-olds responsible are due to be tried as adults. The pair are charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and reckless homicide, after they pushed a large log over a cliff, while she was taking pictures below.
The decision was made by a judge in Ohio, where the two boys are due to be tried at the Court of Common Pleas. As per NBC4i, if convicted, they could be imprisoned for life.
Photographer Victoria Schafer was just 44, and in the middle of taking portraits at Hocking Hills State Park two months ago when she was killed. The pair responsible have been named as 16-year-old Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley. Their involvement came to light after one texted a friend to say he “did something serious.” Officers later ruled the falling tree was not the result of nature, and Ohio Crime Stoppers offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who could provide information leading to an arrest. Upon being taken into custody, the boys admitted “forcing a 74-pound log off a cliff,” which fell more than 75 feet before hitting Schafer.
They have been issues a bond of $100,000 each.