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The juveniles who were present at the party where a Zanesville teenager died this past summer made their first court appearance Friday.
Muskingum County Juvenile Court Director Dan Kieffer says seven males between the ages of 14 and 17 went before visiting Judge C. Finning Pierce from Coshocton. Their names are not being released.
Kieffer says 5 of the juveniles were charged with consumption of alcohol under age and two others were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor – which means they are accused of bringing the alcohol to the party.
Kieffer says all seven entered a denial plea which is similar to not guilty in adult court.
A pre-trial hearing is next but a date has not yet been set.
Kieffer says if convicted there is a broad range of sentences including 90 days in the Muskingum County Juvenile Detention Center to probation.
In July, 14-year-old Grant Hickman was found dead at a home at 364 Taylor Street in Zanesville after a party that included many classmates and Zanesville High School athletes.
Judge Pierce was appointed to the case by the Ohio Supreme Court.
In another part of this case Special Prosecutor Mark Collins says in the next couple of weeks he plans to meet with the coroner and Zanesville Police Detectives to review the cause of death of Hickman.
Collins says at that time he will determine if he or the City Law Director files any charges against others involved in the case.