Prosecutor: Suspect shot into crowd of teens 6 times, killing Dunbar 15-year-old

Montgomery County prosecutors are asking a judge to keep a $1 million bond issued against a man accused of killing a 15-year-old Dayton Dunbar student.

Jackeem Collins, 18, is facing murder, felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises charges, according to court records. He is charged in connection to the death of Qua’lek Shelton.

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A message left for defense attorney Thomas Manning wasn’t immediately returned Monday morning.

Police said that Collins is accused of shooting into a crowd while in a car, but haven’t released much more specific information, citing an ongoing investigation. However, a response filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by assistant prosecutor John Amos in an attempt to convince a judge to keep the seven-figure bond against Collins gave more details about what Collins is accused of.

“On Sunday, Feb. 16, this defendant shot a handgun six times into a group of young teenagers who had gathered at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Sunnyview Avenue. He shot randomly into this group, striking and killing a 15-year-old boy named Qua’lek Shelton,” prosecutors said.

The response says the car Collins allegedly fled away in was stolen from Trotwood. It also says that a family member of Collins was driving the vehicle, however, the man is not charged at this time, according to court documents.

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“Dayton Police Department homicide detectives were able to determine that this defendant was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting,” the response says. “The defendant completely denied any involvement in his first interview and attempted to offer an alibi. He was interviewed a second time, when he admitted to being the shooter. He gave detailed information to the detectives as to how and why he shot into this group (who were unarmed and approximately 300 feet away from him).”

The response also says Collins’ family member identified him as the shooter during a police interview. The prosecutor says in the court document that due to the severity of the crimes, the strength of the case, the flight risk and his risk to public safety, Collins should not have his bond reduced.

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