The Geauga County teenager accused of stabbing his grandmother to death, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday afternoon.


CHARDON -- Clayton Phillips, 18, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity before Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt Tuesday afternoon.

Phillips is accused of stabbing his grandmother, Ruth Phillips, to death back in January in Russell Township.

Her body was found in the basement of her home on Jan. 21. He had been living with her since mid-2013.

Burt ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Phillips and set the bond at $5 million.

On May 1, Clayton Phillips was indicted by a Geauga County Grand Jury in a nine-count indictment, charged with aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, possessing criminal tools, misuse of credit cards, and gross abuse of a corpse.

The aggravated murder count carries a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Her body was discovered by officers after they received a request for a welfare check.

Clayton Phillips was caught by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in the early morning hours of Jan. 22 and he remains in the Geauga County Jail for violating probation from a previous case in the Chardon Municipal Court.

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