Teen indicted on murder charge in Middletown shooting

A Butler County grand jury has indicted a Middletown teen charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, the Journal-News has learned.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the grand jury indicted Cameron Kyles, 18, for the shooting death of Michael Stewart II, 35, on Saturday night. Bond had been set at $1 million Monday by Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron.

Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Ninth Avenue by “concerned neighbors.” Police said Stewart was “laying face down on the threshold between the living room and dining room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Stewart was found dead at about 9:57 p.m. Police made a traffic stop of a vehicle a short time later that was suspected to be connected to the homicide, according to court documents.

Detectives had prior information that several subjects had been “conducting robberies on drug dealers. Detectives were made aware of a traffic stop conducted by officers shortly after the murder.”

After conducting interviews and receiving information from witnesses, they learned Kyles was allegedly going to Stewart’s house for a robbery of money and marijuana, “however in so doing victim (Stewart) was shot and killed by Kyles,” according to court documents.

Acting Middletown Police Chief Scott Reeve said Stewart’s shooting is part of ongoing gang activity. Kyles is believed to be part of the Road Runner gang that has been involved in shootings and homicides in the city in recent years.

Kyles, who turned 18 in March, has had 15 contacts with Butler County Juvenile Court since July 2015.

Charges included multiple counts of domestic violence, disorderly conduct, assault, disorderly conduct inducing panic and multiple probation and parole violations, according to juvenile court records.

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