Judge: Bond OK for man who is suspect in fatal Kettering shooting

A judge has ruled an 18-year-old man indicted in a March assault can remain free despite his suspected involvement in a Kettering shooting from which a Fairmont High School student died.

Bond will not be revoked for Kettering resident and Fairmont grad Miles V. Heizer, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman ruled Wednesday.

Heizer was indicted Monday in connection with a March 8 incident in which he was accused of hitting another male with the grip end of a metal baseball bat.

Heizer was jailed earlier this month after 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers was shot in the head Sept. 4 in a dispute where police said the Fairmont junior was an "innocent bystander." The shooting led to three juveniles — who police said are all Kettering students — being charged with felonious assault and ordered detained Sept. 6, the same day Bowers died in what was ruled a homicide.

Later that day, Kettering police announced they were releasing Heizer – who had been jailed in the early morning hours Sept. 5 — pending further investigation.

On Sept. 8, prosecutors sought to have Heizer locked up because the “defendant is currently under investigation to determine the extent of his involvement in the events surrounding the recent shooting death of a 16-year-old in Kettering,” the prosecution’s motion states. “During the course of the investigation, the defendant gave further incriminating statements about the felonious assault at issue in the (March) case.”

Wiseman ruled Heizer should remain free after he and two others gave “credible” testimony Friday.

The three juveniles charged in the shooting are scheduled to return to court next week.

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