$2M bond for man charged with murder in Hamilton teen’s death

Bond is set at $2 million for an 18-year-old man charged with murder in last week’s shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr.

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Miquan Damartye Hubbard was arraigned Tuesday morning in Hamilton Municipal Court, where he told Judge Dan Gattermeyer that he planned to hire an attorney. A preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

Hamilton police arrested Hubbard on Saturday and booked him into the Butler County Jail for the slaying of Gilbert, a Wilson Middle School student.

Gilbert was shot and killed at about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Front Street, police said.

The boy died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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As a juvenile, Hubbard had contact with the court system, including a stay at the Butler County Detention Center, according to court records.

In August 2014, Hubbard was placed on probation, ordered to complete 12 hours of community service and stay away from Walgreens for a conviction of complicity to theft.

In August 2015, Hubbard was convicted of assault on a police officer, inciting violence and obstructing official business. He served 41 days in the juvenile detention center and was then placed in the juvenile rehabilitation center for five months. In addition, he was given a fine, ordered to write a letter of apology and placed on intensive probation.

Last year, Hubbard was twice charged with having no driver’s license.

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Butler County dispatchers received multiple calls the night of Aug. 29 reporting the shooting that also wounded another young man.

The second victim — Datorion Marcus Burns, 19, of Hamilton — suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to Hamilton police. Burns was take to an area hospital for treatment and was expected to survive.

A GoFundMe account to help the family with burial expenses for Gilbert was established last week by Michelle Flesher. As of Monday afternoon, $1,515 of the $10,000 goal had been donated.

“Jaraius … had his whole life ahead of him,” Flesher wrote on the page. “No mother or father or anyone for that matter shouldn’t have to ever think about burying their child before them,” she wrote, adding that Gilbert enjoyed playing football and spending time with his family and friends.

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