Teen accused of causing Ohio photographer’s death at Hocking Hills reaches plea agreement


The 16-year-old is charged as an adult

Victoria Schafer

HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — A teen facing a murder charge in the death of photographer Victoria Schafer at Hocking Hills State Park has reached a plea agreement.

According to prosecutors, Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley, both 16, were charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and reckless homicide after 44-year-old Schafer was hit by a tree and killed while she was near Old Man’s Cave on September 2, 2019.

Both are charged as adults.

According to documents filed in the Hocking County Court of Common Pleas, attorneys for Churchheus reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Monday. The plea agreement will see the case return to the Hocking County Juvenile Court.

Attorneys say the specifics of how the case will return to juvenile court need to be researched. No specifics about the plea agreement were released.

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