Ohio teenager indicted in week-long crime spree

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A central Ohio teen accused in several shootings was indicted Thursday on charges in what prosecutors described as a weeklong crime spree that left at least two people dead last summer.

Devonere Simmonds, 17, has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder. The 14-count indictment from a Franklin County grand jury also includes charges of felonious assault.

Simmonds is being tried as an adult. His attorney in a separate case said Simmonds expected the indictment and does not have a statement at this time.

According to the indictment, the crime spree began July 21 with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man who was inside a parked vehicle in Columbus. Another man in the vehicle also was seriously injured.

Three days later, Simmonds was allegedly involved in the slaying of a Columbus convenience store clerk. Another teen also has been indicted in the clerk's death.

A veteran Ohio state trooper later picked up the two teens on a highway and gave them a ride to a nearby truck stop close to London, about 25 miles west southwest of Columbus. That's where police said they shot and wounded a man who had been pumping gas into his vehicle on July 27. Both teens are accused of taking the man's vehicle. They were arrested in Dayton the next day.

"If convicted of these charges, Simmonds could be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in a written statement.

Simmonds was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.