All charges bound for court in Murphy murder case

By: 
Richie Lecker
Staff Writer

Magisterial District Judge James L. Martin ruled on Wednesday that all charges made against four individuals in connection to the Feb. 3 murder of O’Ryan Murphy have sufficient evidentiary basis and will therefore proceed to the Elk County Court of Common Pleas to be heard before President Judge Richard A. Masson.
Kristy Murphy, Scott Murphy, Daniel Murphy and Ashlee Druhot all appeared before Martin in the Elk County Courthouse on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing to determine if the commonwealth has enough evidence against all four to support the charges filed against them in the Feb. 3 murder of five-year-old O’Ryan Murphy.
Martin’s decision to uphold all charges and send the cases to the Elk County Court of Common Pleas came after almost seven hours of witness testimony and attorney statements.
Kristy and Scott, O’Ryan’s aunt and uncle, are charged with killing O'Ryan by assaulting him and causing blunt force trauma to the head that resulted in his death.
Both individuals face charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault, felonies of the first degree; two counts of aggravated assault, felonies of the second degree; simple assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree; two counts of endangering the welfare of children, felonies of the third degree; recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor of the second degree; and prohibited offensive weapons, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Druhot and Daniel, O’Ryan’s parents, are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor of the first degree; two counts of endangering the welfare of children, felonies of the third degree; and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, misdemeanors of the second degree.
Wednesday’s decision by Martin did not determine guilt or innocence for any of the four defendants, instead, his decision is that there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to the court of common pleas, where guilt or innocence will be determined for each defendant in the case.

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