The case of the man accused of killing a Delta woman, then prompting an Amber Alert by taking their child, will be bound over to Fulton County Common Pleas Court.
James Ramey, 27, waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Thursday morning in Eastern District Court before Visiting Judge Mark Powers. He was charged March 14 with aggravated murder in the death of Amanda Mangas 23, of 901 Fernwood Ave. in Delta after forcing entry into the home at about 5:12 a.m. and shooting her once in the chest.
Mangas was treated by emergency medical technicians at the scene, then transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. She had identified Ramey as the shooter, according to authorities.
He left the scene with the separated couple’s son, 10-month-old Winston, and Mangas’s stepmother, Deborah Mangas. After a nationwide Amber Alert was issued, a Fulton County, Ind., deputy pulled over Ramey’s Town and Country van about 10 a.m. the same day in a traffic stop. He surrendered without incident.
The child was placed in protective custody by the State of Indiana Division of Child Services. He and Mangas’s stepmother, who authorities believe accompanied Ramey unwillingly, were later escorted back to Ohio by family members.
Ramey was extradited back to Fulton County, Ohio, and remains in custody at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker on $1 million bond.
A spokesperson for Common Pleas Court said Ramey could face additional charges if indicted by a county grand jury. As of Friday, the court had not yet received the case and no future hearings had been scheduled.
Ramey had a case pending in Eastern District Court for violating a protection order involving Amanda Mangas and their child. He was scheduled for a court appearance March 23.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.