(TIML NEWS) Bresha Meadows, the 15-year-old Ohio girl accused of killing her father last year to stop his alleged abuse, will remain in custody until her trial later this month, PEOPLE confirms.
On Friday, a judge in Ohio’s Trumbull County Family Court denied a request to have Bresha released pending trial. Bresha’s attorney, Ian Friedman, unsuccessfully sought her release into the custody of her aunt, a police officer, so the teen could receive what he argued was better psychological care.
“I’m still optimistic,” he says, noting that the judge said she would review the request if the current trial date of May 22 is prolonged.
“It makes sense because the trial starts in two weeks. It would take that long to move her. But if this goes beyond another two weeks, then it will be a completely different consideration,” Friedman says. “Right now we have our eye on the ball, which is the trial.”
Bresha is charged in family court with one count of murder in connection with the death of her 41-year-old father, Jonathan Meadows. She is accused of shooting him in the head, with his own gun, at their home in Trumbull County early on July 28. She was 14 at the time.
She has pleaded “not true,” the family court equivalent of not guilty, to the charge.