April 17, 2014

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Pastor’s son charged


Teen accused of murdering mom, maiming dad


Daniel Petric in
a 2005 yearbook photo

ELYRIA — Daniel Petric sat expressionless Monday as a county Juvenile Court magistrate read off the charges leveled against him — murder for the shooting death of his mother and attempted murder for allegedly shooting his father, a pastor at a Wellington church, in the face.

The 16-year-old uttered a muffled yes when Magistrate Stephen Blake asked if he understood the charges. Once or twice the chains that connected his handcuffed wrists and ankles clinked together as he reached up to scratch his boyish face, or adjust the baggy prison jumpsuit he wore.

Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Resendez said Daniel admitted to shooting his parents, although Resendez declined to discuss the teen’s motive.

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Matthew Koch (top), representing the Juvenile Parole Authority, listens Monday during Daniel Petric’s initial hearing at the county Juvenile Detention Home in Elyria.

But during his arrest, Daniel is heard on a cruiser’s dashboard camera telling Wellington police officers that his dad killed his mom, according to footage obtained by WOIO-Channel 19.

Resendez also said several people told deputies that Daniel and his parents had been arguing more often in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

At the hearing, Daniel’s paternal grandfather, Michael Brockel, described his grandson as a good boy and said the entire family has already forgiven him.

“He’s a loving child, and what happened here only God himself knows,” Brockel said. “He’s never been in trouble and he’s gotten straight A’s all his life. The Lord has forgiven him, his family has forgiven him and I know if his mother and father were before you, they’d say they forgive him, too.”

Blake ordered Daniel to remain in the county Juvenile Detention Home until his next court hearing on Nov. 9. At that time his case will likely be bound over to county Common Pleas Court, where he would be tried as an adult. County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the nature of the charges and Daniel’s age mean that he will automatically be bound over if there is probable cause to support the charges.

Daniel was being held with the general population at the detention home and is not on suicide watch, Juvenile Court Administrator Doug Messer said.

“His initial screening did not support any kind of suicide watch,” Messer said. “Of course, we’ll still be vigilant watching for any concerns.”

The Rev. Mark Petric, 45, remained in critical condition late Monday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is a preacher at New Life Assembly Church of God on West Road in Wellington.

He and his wife, 43-year-old Sue Petric, were found Saturday night slumped and bleeding on a couch in the living room of their Peck-Wadsworth Road home in Brighton Township by their 21-year-old daughter, Heidi Archer.

Archer and her husband, Andy Archer, had come over to the house to watch the Indians game. She can be heard sobbing loudly throughout the 911 call she made upon finding her parents.

“My brother, he met us at the door and said ‘don’t come in,’ and Andy said, ‘Why? Why?’ My dad was making a weird noise and my husband opened the door, and that’s what happened,” she can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher on a recording of the call.

“Oh Lord, why is this happening?” shouted Heidi Archer.

Nearly nine minutes passed before the dispatcher instructed Heidi Archer how to care for her father, who she said was “bleeding everywhere.” During the call, Archer said her mother wasn’t breathing but her father was conscious despite his injuries, and she urged him to stay awake while they waited for an ambulance.

Resendez said the time it took for the dispatcher to give medical care instructions was appropriate, considering the dispatcher was attempting to get all the necessary information from a hysterical woman who had just witnessed a tragedy.

“It was all one, 14-minute conversation,” Resendez said. “We need to get the information out to responding officers. If anything, they did a very good job at getting all the information out.”

Dispatchers also had to request assistance in capturing Daniel, who drove off in his parents’ light green Ford Windstar minivan while his sister was on the phone with police.

Before he was stopped and arrested by Wellington police, Daniel called Andy Archer’s brother, 18-year-old Steven Archer, whose Litchfield home Daniel may have been trying to visit, Resendez said. The two were friends, and during the conversation Daniel lied to Steven Archer about the shooting, Resendez said.

Steven Archer isn’t suspected of any involvement in the shooting, Resendez said.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.