A 17-year-old will remain incarcerated until later this month awaiting a hearing in Butler County Juvenile Court for murder.
The teen was charged Thursday with murder with a gun specification and tampering with evidence for the shooting death of 19-year-old Shon Walker two weeks ago in Hamilton.
Walker, 19, was shot point blank just after 9 p.m. on June 27 in the 400 block of East Avenue.
The accused teen was not in court for arraignment Friday before county Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft. Defense attorney Billy Guinigundo entered a “not true” plea to the charges on behalf of his client.
Craft said the case is a mandatory bind-over to adult court if he finds probable cause after a hearing. It is a mandatory bind-over because of the age of the defendant and the severity of the alleged crime. The judge ordered the teen to remain in the Juvenile Detention Center until his next hearing on July 26.
According to juvenile court documents, Hamilton police say the teen had a firearm and shot Walker several times on June 27, then concealed the weapon in his clothing and put it in a sewer.
The incident was caught on video, and a witness identified the teen as the “shooter,” according to court documents.
The accused teen has been incarcerated in the Juvenile Detention Center three times previously, according to juvenile court records.
In September 2015, the teen was arrested by Hamilton police for inducing panic and three counts of assault. He spent two months in JDC, was placed on house arrest and ordered to serve 40 hours in the work program, have no weapons of any kind and write an apology letter. He was also was placed on probation and ordered to undergo counseling. An Airsoft gun was used in the offense.
The teen was charged in August 2018 with aggravated menacing by Hamilton police. The charge was amended to disorderly conduct. He spent about 30 day in JDC. He was placed on home incarceration and ordered to complete 20 hours of the work program.
In November 2018, the teen had a probation violation and was again placed on home incarceration. Two months later in December 2018, he was charged with a curfew violation and served another 30 days in JDC. He was also ordered to continue counseling, complete 20 hours of work program and given a 6 p.m. curfew.
In June, the teen also violated probation and was ordered to complete another 12 hours in the work program. On Tuesday, he was taken into custody on another probation violation and charged with murder two days later.
The homicide is the second of 2019 in Hamilton. On Jan. 26, 18-year-old Londale Harvey was gunned down while getting into his car in the city’s Lindenwald neighborhood. Like Walker’s death, police say Harvey’s slaying was not a random act.
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