CANTON — The 13-year-old boy charged in the death of Sylvia McGee appeared in juvenile court Wednesday.

The teen pleaded not true, the juvenile equivalent of not guilty, to aggravated murder. He's also charged with obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.

The boy, wearing a jumpsuit from the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center, was handcuffed and escorted into the courtroom by a sheriff's deputy. The teen was represented by attorney Anthony Koukoutas.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. May 28 before Stark County Family Court Judge Rosemarie Hall, who presided over Wednesday's arraignment.

Several members of McGee's family, including her mother, attended the hearing. The defendant's mother sat with him at the defense table.

Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero attended the hearing, along with Michelle Cordova, who heads the Juvenile Division of the prosecutor's office.

Hall granted Cordova's request to keep the defendant in the attention center. Cordova cited the seriousness of the offense and the safety of the community.

Koukoutas declined to comment following the hearing, citing a gag order Hall has instituted. During Wednesday's hearing, the judge instructed attorneys not to discuss the case with any media outlet or via social media.

Police say McGee was found dead March 30 from a gunshot wound to the head on Bieyl Court SW between 10th and 11th streets.

Following the hearing, Carlina Hanley, McGee's great-aunt, said it was emotionally difficult to see the defendant in court.

She was upset, she said, because he glared at the victim's family members and didn't appear to express remorse. Hanley described his expression as "evil."

Hanley said the victim's mother was too distraught to speak with the media following the arraignment.

Asked about the defendant's potential punishment if convicted, Hanley said it's unfortunate that Ohio law prevents a 13-year-old from being tried in adult court.

"Justice for us ... would be for him to be held accountable as an adult," Hanley said.

Hanley said she believes the 13-year-old, an acquaintance of McGee's, fatally shot her niece. She said she also believes others were involved in the killing and should be held accountable.

No one else has been charged in the case.

"We all hurt," Hanley said. The boy's mother is "going to lose her son for a period of time, and we lose my niece."