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Dayton man faces murder charge in shooting over fender-bender

Emanul Steven Dennis  MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Emanul Steven Dennis MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A 44-year-old Dayton man accused of shooting and killing another man during an argument about a minor car crash is now facing murder charges.

Emanul Steven Dennis was indicted Thursday for the July 25 deadly shooting of 49-year-old John D. Reece, of Trotwood, outside Sugar’s Restaurant and Lounge on North Main Street in Dayton.

ExploreRecords: Deadly Dayton shooting stemmed from argument over traffic crash

Dennis was in a car that struck Reece’s car in the parking lot. As Reece approached the driver’s side of the vehicle that hit his, Dennis fatally shot him, according to a release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dennis fled the scene but was found later that night and taken into custody, the release stated.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Dennis for two counts each of murder and felonious assault, all with three-year firearm specifications; one count of having weapons under disability for a prior drug conviction; and three counts of tampering with evidence.

Dennis remains held on a $1 million bond in the Montgomery County Jail. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.