Teen murder suspect seeks help from high profile attorney

A 17-year-old Kettering defendant accused of murder in the fatal shooting of a Fairmont High School student last year is seeking the help of a high-profile local criminal defense firm.

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Kylen Jamal Gregory wants Rion, Rion & Rion L.P.A. Inc. to be his co-counsel, court records show. Prosecutors are seeking to try Gregory as an adult for the killing of Ronnie Bowers, who died Sept. 6, two days after being shot in Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.

A motion filed earlier this month by Jon Paul Rion indicates his firm wants to join Ben Swift as co-counsel for Gregory.

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The teen faces two counts of murder and related charges for the shooting of Bowers’ on Willowdale Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Sept. 4. The shooting happened minutes after both left AlterFest with separate groups following a dispute between the two factions rekindled at the festival, police said.

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Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck said last month he plans to pursue a mandatory transfer to adult court in the Gregory case after the Ohio Supreme Court reversed itself on a December ruling that mandatory bindover laws violated the due process rights of juveniles.

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