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Murder plea in death of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Zaryl Bush pleaded guilty to murder and seven other charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend's son, 14-year-old Teddy Foltz.

Foltz died on January 26 after being severely beaten at Bush's hands days earlier in front of the victim's two younger brothers. The crime happened at Bush's home at 533 Creed Street, but authorities now reveal that Bush tampered with evidence by moving bloody towels from the beating that occurred at his home, to the home of the victim's mother at 28 Creed Street. Bush didn't count on evidence that showed his DNA on those bloody towels.

Bush appeared to show no emotion as he stood before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court who said guilty eight times to murder, intimidation of the victim's twin brothers and multiple counts of child endangering.

21 WFMJ has also learned from sources that the torture of Teddy Foltz was so severe it included him being forced to walk on hot coals in a garden.

Chief Criminal Prosecutor for Mahoning County Becky Doherty said the guilty plea will still allow for the serious punishment that comes with a murder charge, while keeping the victim's young brothers from having to testify at a trial where they would have had to come face to face with Bush.

Bush could receive 22 years to life but the courts said he could get a maximum of 41 years to life when he's sentenced on Friday, June 28th in Judge Krichbaum's Court.

Bush is currently jailed with no bond, pending his sentencing.

It was just two days ago when the victim's mother, Shain Widdersheim pleaded guilty to various charges including child endangerment in connection with her son's death. Prosecutors maintain she was not home when the fatal beating of her 14-year-old son occurred.

 

 

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