Shooting Suspect Caught, 12
Published: July 8, 2015
Shooting Suspect Caught, 12, Omaha police say the 12-year-old suspected in an Omaha murder case was walking in Minneapolis when he was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Jarrell Milton was taken into custody without incident, according to an OPD release.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Wednesday he is “thrilled” that Milton is in custody, calling the 12-year-old a danger to himself and to others.
Milton is one of three teenagers charged in the shooting death of Jamymell Ray. Jarrel’s older brother Jamar Milton, 17, and Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, also each face a charge of first-degree murder.
Ray and Charles Fisher, 30, were struck by gunfire in the area of North 24th Street and Redick Avenue on June 29.
Ray died at the Nebraska Medical Center. Fisher was treated and released from CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center.
In court Tuesday, prosecutors said Fisher met with three juveniles to sell marijuana and the three juveniles attempted a robbery, shooting Ray at close range. Fisher later identified the suspects in a photo lineup.
Bond was denied for both suspects.
A preliminary hearing for both Milton and Primes-Willis is scheduled for July 31. Prosecutors said they plan to try the two teens as adults.
“All three suspects had guns,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said. “Two guns (were) recovered. To have young people at this age involved in that kind of violence is very troubling,” Kleine said.
“How is a little baby going to have a gun?” asked Ray’s girlfriend, Russien Cherry. “Either he was already a thug, (his mother) doesn’t care — something, but it doesn’t make sense.”
Prosecutors said on Monday they believe the shooting was gang-related.
Cherry said she still clings to Ray’s old shirt and his birthday cards, which hang on the wall.
“He’ll break his neck to do anything for me, his children, his mom, his brother, even people on the street,” Cherry said.
She said she wants justice.
“No, I don’t feel bad for them,” Cherry said. “They did grown-people acts, so they should be treated like an adult.”
“Our intention is to file on them as adults,” Kleine said. “There’s a question with regard to the 12-year-old under the new law whether we can proceed in adult court. There isn’t any question, in my mind, (that) there are gang ties with the individuals who are charged.”
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