Dayton teen denies murder of Lebanon man

The teen-ager charged in the murder of Benjamin Werner had a denial entered on his behalf in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

The teen was charged with murder for killing Werner, 32, of Lebanon, on Nov. 26 behind an abandoned house on West Norman Avenue. He appeared in court Monday along with his mother and representatives from the prosecutor’s office and probation department.

Juvenile court records indicated the teen had an earlier criminal case for carrying a concealed weapon. He also has been arrested for resisting arrest and possession of cocaine, according to a Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman.

Dayton police said Werner was found face down next to a car behind the house at 155 W. Norman Ave. A 911 caller reported hearing six or seven gunshots around 7:30 p.m. and witnesses told police they heard a car drive away after the shooting.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Werner died of multiple gunshot wounds. Werner’s funeral was held Thursday, according to an online obituary.

The obituary said Werner was a self-employed tree arborist who was survived by his parents, an infant daughter, two brothers and five sisters.

The teen is incarcerated in the juvenile detention center, according to the prosecutor’s office. He was to undergo an alcohol and/or drug assessment and a mental health assessment, according to court documents.

A preliminary conference for the teen in front of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi is scheduled for Dec. 13.