Reynoldsburg News

Blacklick teen charged with delinquency count of murder

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A 17-year-old Blacklick boy was charged with a delinquency count of murder in connection with the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found near Reynoldsburg High School's Summit Road campus Monday afternoon.

Adrian McGee was scheduled to appear in Licking County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19, after press time for ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.

Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O'Neill said at a press conference Tuesday morning that McGee had "confessed to taking an active role" in the death of 18-year-old Danielle Michaels. A man walking his dog found her body shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in an area next to the high school's athletic fields at 8579 Summit Road.

A court complaint said McGee confessed to throwing a knife at Michaels, who had a puncture wound in her throat.

Michaels lived with her parents in Reynoldsburg. They reported her missing on Sunday.

While police were investigating the missing-person report, they talked to McGee, whom Michaels knew, O'Neill said.

He said McGee told police Michaels had been with him and other friends on Saturday night. They smoked marijuana in Pine Quarry Park, near the school, and were supposed to go to a party afterward. Michaels and McGee didn't show up.

Police think she was killed Saturday night in the field where she was found, O'Neill said.

"We are confident we have a pretty good picture of what happened," he said.

He said the Licking County coroner will do an autopsy.

McGee's father, Jimmey McGee, said his son told him the death was an accident that occurred while the two teens were high Saturday night.

According to Mr. McGee, police found a 13-inch knife in the house Monday. He said he took his son to the police station.

Adrian McGee is a senior studying welding at Eastland Career Center.

Police said Michaels was not an RHS student but had been taking classes online.

Because of the police investigation, the high school campus and Summit Road Elementary School next door were closed on Tuesday, Nov. 19.