Police: Russian roulette led to fatal Middletown shooting

Amanda F. Blevins, 20, of Middletown was pronounced dead Sunday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, confirmed Jim Glaser, investigator at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where an autopsy will be completed.

Blevins was found with a gunshot wound to her head just past 9 p.m. Saturday in an upstairs bedroom at 706 10th Ave., according to Lt. Scott Reeve.

Deangelo J. Jones, 19, of 706 10th Ave., turned himself into detectives a few hours after the shooting, according to police.

Jones reported to police that he and his girlfriend Amanda Blevins were getting ready to play a game of Russian roulette. He loaded a revolver with one round of ammunition and left the room for a moment. Jones told police that Blevins started to play the game without him, as he could hear the hammer of the gun hitting on empty chambers.

Jones then told police he rushed into the upstairs bedroom and grabbed the gun from her. While it was in his hands, the gun went off and a bullet struck Blevins in the face, Jones told police.

“He said the gun was in his hands when it went off,” Reeve said. “He claimed he was trying to get the gun from her.”

Jones is now charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; two counts of weapons under disability; and tampering with evidence. He is being held in Middletown City Jail where his bond was raised to $100,000.

After the shooting, Jones reportedly fled the home on foot and threw the gun into the Great Miami River, according to police.

The gun was recovered by a member of the Butler County River Rescue Team, Deputy Smith. The gun was found to have one spent round in the cylinder with the other four cylinders empty.

Jones will appear next in Middletown Municipal Court on Sept. 10.

During a search of the house, police found a second revolver that had been reported stolen.

Jones’ uncle, Larry Tillis, told police his nephew and his girlfriend, Amanda Blevins, lived upstairs. The residence is owned by Margaret Tillis, according to the county auditor’s site.

Jones was previously arrested in February, at age 18, after a loaded handgun was found inside his car at Lakota West High School.

In that incident, Jones was found guilty of attempted illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. He was sentenced July 31 in Butler County Common Pleas Court to 180 days in jail.

But that jail sentence was suspended and Jones was placed on probation for three years and ordered to attend “corrective thinking classes” and obtain a GED, among other items, according to court records.

Randy Oppenheimer, a spokesman for Lakota Local Schools, said Jones never returned to school following the February arrest.

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