By Will Sanders
January 7, 2014
Will E Sanders
TROY — The suspected teen who pulled the trigger in a Halloween eve home invasion in Troy that left a man dead was brought before a common pleas court judge Monday and arraigned on two charges of murder and one count of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
Jason C. Sowers II, 16, of Troy, entered pleas of not guilty to the charges, which stem from the Oct. 30 shooting death of Nathan Wintrow, 20.
Sowers’ bond was readjusted to $400,000 at the arraignment and he remains in custody at the county’s juvenile detention center. A Jan. 13 pretrial conference has been scheduled in the case.
A second teen, Patrick McGail, 17, of Troy, was arraigned in the case last week on the same charges and he pleaded not guilty. His bond was set at $400,00 and his parents have since posted that bond.
The two teens, who are being tried as adults, were indicted by a Miami County grand jury on the charges last month.
Authorities said Sowers and McGail entered a duplex located at 218 E. Canal St., Troy, through the back door while wearing masks, confronted Wintrow and then shot the victim at point-blank range in front of his girlfriend and a 2-year-old child. The motive of the crime was to rob Wintrow of money and marijuana.
Police arrested the suspects a short time later and found a 9mm handgun under the seat of Sowers’ vehicle.
A third man, Brendon A. Terrel, 19, of Troy, has been charged in taking part in the crime, but his case is pending in court. He is expected to testify against Sowers and McGail.