Trial delayed for teen charged with fatal Hamilton shooting

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Michael Smith Jr. is charged with murder for the death of Shon Walker

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The trial of a Hamilton teen charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old in June has been delayed.

Michael Smith Jr., 17, who is being tried as an adult, was indicted in September by a Butler County grand jury for murder and tampering with evidence for allegedly shooting Shon Walker to death. His trial was scheduled to to begin Feb. 24 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but last week defense attorney Chris Frederick filed a motion requesting a continuance, citing new information in the case.

On Thursday, Judge Greg Stephens rescheduled the trial for March 30.

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“Counsel for the defendant has recently received information that requires additional investigation. A thorough investigation of this newly discovered information is critical for Mr. Smith’s defense,” Frederick wrote in the motion.

Walker, 19, was shot point-blank just after 9 p.m. on June 27 in the 400 block of East Avenue. Hamilton police say Smith had a firearm and shot Walker several times, then concealed the weapon in his clothing and put it in a sewer in the area of 604 High Street.

The incident was caught on video, and a witness identified Smith as the “shooter,” according to court documents.

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When sending the case to adult court, Craft also ordered Smith be moved from the county Juvenile Detention Center to the Butler County Jail because “there is great concern about his conduct while at JDC.”

Smith was arrested July 11, and the judge said that during his time at the detention center he was involved in a fight and made inappropriate comments to staff. He is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond.

Documents filed by the prosecution in October included more than 30 pieces of evidence, according to court documents.

Evidence includes 18 videos from various residences and businesses, five search warrants, photos of recovered firearms and clothing, and audio of Smith’s statement.

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