“This is not a murder case and never was a murder case.
“This is a young man who made a very big mistake. He did not intend to cause harm to somebody. He was trying to send a message. It was wrong what he did, there's no question, but it wasn't murder. The jury made the absolute right decision to come down on reckless homicide. It's what we asked for and we're very, very pleased."
Rion said Gregory is not guilty of felonious assault, either.
"The intent, as wrong as it was, was to shoot at the car and not at a person," Rion said.
Ron Bowers, the father of Ronnie Bowers, said, “they say it’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by six. Ronnie was carried by six.”
Assistant prosecutors Lynda Dodd and Julie Bruns said they could not comment because of the unresolved felonious assault charges.
Gregory was remanded to custody.
EARLIER TODAY (Nov. 9):
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis Langer excused the jury of nine women and three men about 11:45 a.m. after giving them instructions, which included allowing them the choice to consider reckless homicide if they could not agree on the murder charges in the Sept. 4, 2016, slaying.
In summations, county prosecutors said the evidence was enough to find 18-year-old Kylen Gregory guilty on all indicted counts.
Lead Prosecutor Lynda Dodd asked the jury not to believe Gregory's testimony that he wanted to send a message.
"He could have shot into the ground. He could have shot it in the air," she said in her closing argument. "If this is a message to scare, there's no reason to load it with a bullet."
Dodd said Gregory admitted he stepped out of the car, pointed a loaded gun at Bowers' car and fired it.
"That's not reckless. That's knowing," she said.
County Assistant Prosecutor Julie Bruns, co-counsel with Dodd, told the jury
Gregory's thoughts and actions led to Bowers’s fatal wound, "liquefying his brain ... all because Kylen Gregory wanted to send a message."
Bruns said Gregory's actions showed he acted knowingly.
"People in (his) car were looking for a fight and he had a loaded weapon on his lap "When the threat was gone, he stepped out of the car ... and pulled the trigger."
In his summation to the jury, Gregory’s defense attorney, Jon Paul Rion, said, "Kylen Gregory had no emotional anger toward anyone. This really wasn't his fight."
Rion said, "this was supposed to be a fist fight at best.
"It was only one shot — not six shots into the car ... he just wasn't thinking," Rion said.
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