A teen has been been indicted for murder and other felonies in a June 9 fatal shooting in Liberty Twp.
Kaleb Marshall Tooson, 18, of Liberty Twp. was indicted today on charges of of murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery for allegedly killing Riah Milton in what investigators have said was an apparent robbery that went bad. Butler County Sheriff’s detectives said Tooson was also shot under the arm during the encounter. He is housed in the county jail in lieu of 500,000 bond.
Milton, a black transgender woman, received national attention since the incident, including during a New York City march last weekend spreading the message of Black Trans Lives Matter.
The incident happened at about 5:23 a.m. when a group met at Liberty Park in what investigators say was a plan for a vehicle theft. Detectives say Milton was “lured” to the location to be robbed. A fight ensued, and Milton was shot and killed on a nearby street, officials said.
Milton, 25, of Cincinnati, was found dead in the 6000 block of Spruce Creek Drive. The suspects drove away in Milton’s purple Camaro that was later ditched in West Chester Twp.
A 14-year-old girl, who is a Lakota East student, was arrested on charges of complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to murder and tampering with evidence. She is housed in the Butler County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court next week.
Deputies were continuing to look for Tyree Jeffery Cross, 25, of Cincinnati, who is sought on charges of complicity to murder, complicity to aggravated robbery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
A man called 911 and reported hearing gunshots. Then he said something was in the roadway.
“Two or three gunshots is what it sounded like … then a car sped away and it looks like there is something out in our street.” the caller said.
He told the dispatcher the object was large enough to be a person.
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