Alleged killer’s bond revoked
YOUNGSTOWN – Bond was revoked for the suspect in the murder of his girlfriend’s 14-year-old son.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum agreed to revoke the bond for 43-year-old Zaryl Bush just before a hearing to reduce his previous $1 million bond began Thursday.
Assistant Prosecutor Rebecca Doherty and defense attorney Ronald Yarwood told Krichbaum they agreed before the hearing that Bush should be held without bail.
Yarwood told Krichbaum he decided to agree because he did not think Bush’s bond would be reduced enough for him to post it.
Krichbaum said the Ohio and U.S. constitutions both say that no one can be held without bond unless there are special circumstances and that the state must present evidence as to why a high bond is necessary.
Krichbaum said he agreed in some cases that high bonds are necessary because of a risk of flight by the defendant.
Bush, of Creed Street in Struthers, is charged with the murder of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz, who died Jan. 26 of severe head trauma after being hospitalized for several days. He is charged with two counts of murder, felonious assault, five counts of child endangering and tampering with evidence.
He has a tentative trial date of May 20.
Police say Bush abused Foltz and his 10-year-old twin brothers, abuse that led to Foltz’s death.
Also charged in the case is Foltz’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, 32, also of Creed Street. Police say she allowed the abuse to happen and hindered their investigation and pulled the children out of school when school officials raised concerns they were being abused.
Her case is also being heard by Krichbaum. She was arraigned Tuesday and is in the county jail on $200,000 bond.
Widdersheim’s sons are in the custody of the county Children Services Board.