Charge altered for man accused in fatal Middletown shooting; bond lowered

A charge has been amended against a Middletown man who is charged in connection with the May 11 shooting death at a Yankee Road residence.

Dhameer Haamid Scott, 24, was arrested shortly after the shooting of John Booker, and charged with murder. But at a preliminary hearing in Middletown Municipal Court on Friday that charge was changed to complicity to murder. Bond for Scott, previously set at $500,000, was reduced by Judge James Sherron to $100,000.

Scott turned himself into police on May 13. After further investigation, police charged a 16-year-old boy with murder and now allege he is the shooter in the Booker homicide. Police say the teen confessed to shooting Booker, 36, at a Yankee Road residence in what police say was a dispute over $10.

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Police were called at 7:44 p.m. May 11 to the 1400 block of Yankee Road, where they found Booker seriously injured from gunfire. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Booker’s mother called 911 and told dispatchers that Scott shot Booker. Police said on May 14 that Booker took $10 from a shelf in the home his mother shared with Scott’s father, which started the argument that led to the shooting.

Further investigation led police to request the juvenile take a lie detector test which he failed, police said.

Court documents filed by Middletown Detective Steve Winters on Friday now say a driver transported Scott and the teen to the residence after Scott received a call from his father. They both entered the residence and “Scott pointed a loaded handgun towards the face of Booker.”

Booker, Scott and the teen were forced out of the house and a physical altercation continued on the porch with Booker being fatally shot.

During the physical altercation “Scott passed the handgun off to the juvenile,” Winters said in the court document.

After the shooting Scott and the teen were driven to Cincinnati and were then driven by a family member to the Sure Stay Hotel in Kentucky, according to police.

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While at the hotel, police say Scott attempted to disguise the juvenile’s appearance by cutting his hair and attempted to dispose of the handgun used in the homicide

Herbert Haas, Scott’s attorney, said after his arraignment, client turned himself into to authorities when he learned they were looking for him and provided information about the incident to detectives.

The teen’s attorney, Lawrence Hawkins III said last week, that “there is a lot of evidence pointing in a lot of different directions. I really need to go through the actual evidence to see it all. I am interested to see the actual witness statements because some seem to be conflicting.”

Scott waived his right to a preliminary hearing in municipal court on Friday and the case was sent directly to a Butler County grand jury for consideration.

The teen is scheduled to be in juvenile court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing before Judge Kathleen Romans. He is being housed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

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