Kylen Gregory of Kettering is facing a murder trial for the Labor Day weekend 2016 fatal shooting Fairmont High School student Ronnie Bowers. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Prosecutor in Kettering murder case: Defendant release for dental care creates ‘risk of escape’

A medical release request for Kylen Gregory, the Kettering teenage murder defendant in the 2016 Labor Day weekend shooting death of a Fairmont High School student is being fought, contending he poses “a great risk of escape.”

Court records show prosecutors oppose the 18-year-old being let out to have wisdom teeth removed, stating that Gregory’s attorneys have “failed to provide any evidence that the procedure is medically necessary.”

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Gregory faces trial Nov. 5. He pleaded not guilty in August 2017 to two counts of murder and related charges in the Sept. 4, 2016 shooting of Ronnie Bowers. Bowers died two days later in what authorities said was Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.

“Due to the nature of the charges and the potential sentence, release of the defendant, even under guard to a non-law enforcement facility creates a great risk of escape and a great safety risk to the community,” according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records filed last week.

Gregory, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, is being tried as a adult. However, he has been in juvenile detention since the crime.

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Police said Bowers was an “innocent bystander” who was attempting to flee a confrontation that flared up earlier that night at Alterfest when the shooting occurred. Gregory and Bowers did not know each other, authorities and court witnesses have said.

Bowers died two days after the shooting in what was ruled Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.

Gregory has been in juvenile detention since shortly after the shooting. His bond was set at $1 million.

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