No county jail for Kettering teen facing adult murder charges

A Kettering teen set to be tried on adult murder charges in the fatal shooting of a Fairmont High School student will remain in juvenile detention.

Kylen Jamal Gregory is being held on a $1 million cash bond involving the September 2016 fatal shooting of Ronnie Bowers shortly after the two separately left AlterFest.

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State guidelines require Gregory – and others like him being charged in adult court – be held in juvenile detention unless they prove to be a threat to themselves or others, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Assistant Administrator Eric Shafer said.

“Obviously in his case that has not happened,” Shafer said. “There’s been nothing like that - no reports of significant behavior issues or threats in our detention center. So he’ll remain there for now.”

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Gregory faces two murder counts and related charges. Judge Anthony Capizzi ruled last month that Gregory be tried as an adult.

Tuesday afternoon the case was still awaiting transfer to common pleas court, according to the county clerk’s office.

Once cases are transferred, a common path is to present evidence to a grand jury, said Gregg Flannagan, public information officer for the county prosecutor’s office.

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The case could be in front of the grand jury for some time, he said.

“That doesn’t mean it’s all going to go on the same day,” he said. “There are many times when it’s multiple days. Or they will have these people come in and testify and then it might be a couple days and they’ll have some other come in and testify.”

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The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. in a neighborhood crowded by AlterFest traffic after separate groups involving Gregory and Bowers left the festival, according to court testimony.

Bowers died Sept. 6 – hours after a court appearance by Gregory and the two other teens - and the coroner’s office ruled his death a homicide.

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The state’s pursuit of adult charges was stalled in December when the Supreme Court ruled mandatory transfers of juvenile cases were unconstitutional. The court reversed that decision in a May 25 ruling.

Capizzi found probable cause to continue the case against Gregory after two teens testified against him Jan. 30 as a part a sealed plea agreement.

The juveniles told the court they were with Gregory Sept. 4 when he fired a shot that officials said struck Bowers in the head as the 16-year-old drove away from the confrontation on Willowdale.

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