Judge denies lower bond in fatal shooting at Middletown studio

Willie Boyd Jr., charged with murder in February’s fatal shooting at a Middletown recording studio, was arraigned April 13 in Butler County Common Pleas Court. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

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Willie Boyd Jr., charged with murder in February’s fatal shooting at a Middletown recording studio, was arraigned April 13 in Butler County Common Pleas Court. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Willie Boyd Jr. pleads not guilty in fatal shooting at Middletown recording studio.

Bond will remain at $250,000 for a man charged in a fatal shooting at a Middletown business.

Willie Boyd Jr., 21, of addresses in Dayton and Franklin, was indicted last week for murder. He is accused of firing three rounds from a handgun, hitting Jamelle C. Willis, 29, in the back during an argument on Feb. 16 at a recording studio at 2014 Tytus Ave.

Boyd entered a not guilty plea Thursday in court.

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Defense attorney David Washington asked Butler County Common Pleas Judge Jennifer McElfresh to reduce Boyd’s $250,000 bond stating he had family support and no criminal record.

The prosecution objected due to the seriousness of the crime.

McElfresh declined to lower bond.

The fatal shooting occurred at a recording studio called Collective Studio Inc., which listed Boyd as studio director.

When police officers arrived at about 2 a.m. Feb. 16, they found Willis dead on the floor.

Detectives were told the victim and suspect are close friends and the shooting resulted from an argument inside the business.

Boyd fled from the scene, but turned himself into Middletown police after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

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