Jordan Harvey Appeared for an Arraignment Hearing Wednesday
AUDRAIN COUNTY - Jordan Harvey is the youngest suspect in the murder of a man from Ohio. 15-year-old Harvey is being tried along with family members in the murder of 20-year-old James McNeely of Ohio.
At Wednesday's arraignment hearing, Harvey appeared via video. He did not enter a plea at this hearing. Instead the judge and attorneys settled on a date for the next hearing, which will take place on September 24th at 9 a.m. It is not known whether or not Harvey will appear in person or via video for that hearing.
Harvey defense attorney George Batek was there to represent Harvey. The Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney charged Harvey with murder in the second degree and kidnapping or felonious restraint.
"It's going to be a long process and it's a very serious case, and I've got a young man's life as my responsibility and I intend to do everything I possibly can to defend him," Batek said.
The prosecuting attorney told KOMU-8 he feels the charges are appropriate based on the investigation and probable cause.
The Audrain County Judge permitted prosecutors to try Harvey as an adult, a decision Batek doesn't agree with.
"As to Jordan Harvey being charged as a juvenile and now being certified as an adult I strongly disagree with the juvenile officers decision to proceed to certify him for the grounds that he has never really received any services from the juvenile office," Batek said.