WARREN – Wearing shirts that say “Free Bresha,” and “Stand With Bresha” family and friends of 15-year-old Bresha Meadows stood in the hallway of the Trumbull County Family Court Tuesday to show their support for the young defendant.
“I will always be her for her and I love her,” said a friend, who began crying when she talked about Bresha.
Warren police arrested Bresha on an aggravated murder charge shortly after her 41-year-old father Jonathan Meadows was shot inside their home on July 28th.
“She was trying to protect me,” said Brandi Meadows, Bresha’s mother. “I want her back home with me.”
Brandi Meadows said her husband abused her for years. She said he would often threaten to kill her and the children.
“Bresha is my hero, she was protecting me,” Brandi said.
A brief hearing was held Tuesday with the attorneys and the judge. The hearing was closed to the public.
“We exchanged evidence in the case and will meet again soon,” said Atty. Ian Friedman, who represents Bresha. “I have a little girl sitting in a jail cell. I want her to come home.”
Warren police are continuing to investigate the case.
Trumbull County Juvenile Prosecutor Stanley Elkins said he has not yet made a decision on whether or not Bresha should be charged as an adult.
“She is afraid,” Brandi Medows said. “She doesn’t know what’s going to happen to her.”