Kettering fatal shooting: Judge restricts media in teen homicide case

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Kettering fatal shooting: Judge restricts media in teen homicide case

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A judge has eased restrictions on access to public records in the case of a 17-year-old Kettering defendant facing adult murder charges in the shooting death of a Fairmont High School student.

Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the case against Kylen Gregory has issued an order limiting recordings of media covering the case.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis Langer is restricting those recordings to court personnel, the defendant and certain witnesses testifying about the September 2016 homicide of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers.

Gregory is being tried as an adult in the shooting of Bowers Sept. 4, 2016 on Willowdale Avenue shortly after both separately left AlterFest. Bowers died two days later and his death was ruled a homicide.

Gregory was indicted in August on two counts of murder, four counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and two related charges, court records show.

Langer on Aug. 17 restricted both remote and direct access to public records in the case. However, in an Oct. 4 ruling the judge lifted the direct access ban, records show.

That same day, Langer issued an order establishing the following conditions for “recording any proceeding in the matter,” court records show. Langer’s ruling indicates media representatives:

-Are not permitted to record “anything other than the court proceedings from the courtroom while court is in session.”

-Are permitted to record the attorneys, courtroom personnel, the defendant and the judge.

-Are not permitted to record witnesses who object to being recorded.

-Are not permitted to record jurors.

-Are not permitted to record any spectators during the trial or any pretrial proceedings.

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