On Tuesday a 12-year-old boy was charged with first degree murder after he got involved in a drug deal shooting which occurred in Nebraska last month. The boy, identified as Jarrell Milton, was arrested in Minneapolis by US Marshals.
He was responsible for killing Jamyell Ray (31) who was shot on June 29 during a drug deal. The boy was arrested almost 400 miles away from the place where the murder occurred in broad daylight. Ray was a suspected drug dealer.
The boy was arrested together with his 17-year-old brother, Jamar Milton and 15-year-old Shuntayvious Primes-Willis. They were as well charged with first degree-murder.
Authorities believe that the three boys are involved in gang affiliations, a problem which is aggravating in the US Midwest. Milton was extradited to Nebraska in order to face the murder charges. His brother and their accomplice were charged as adults. According to Douglas County Attorney, Done Kleine, the 12-year-old boy will be charged in juvenile court.
Ray was together with another person identified as 30-year-old Charles Fisher who was also wounded in the gunfire, but he was treated at the hospital and afterwards released.
All the three suspects were equipped with guns. They agreed to meet at the par with Ray for a marijuana deal. According to the police the man was shot at close range while the suspects tried to rob him. He died at the hospital.
“When you’re sitting in a courtroom with someone who’s in grade school, in effect, charged with this kind of a crime, it really shocks everyone. There is no question in my mind that there are gang connections.”
It seems that Milton had bad examples at home. His father, Javaris Eugene Milton (37) was charged of first degree murder in a similar marijuana robbery attempt. His mother also served prison time after the violent crimes she had committed.
It is not yet clear if all the three boys opened the fire. They used at least two types of guns but the police has not yet identified which types they were exactly. Detectives are trying to find out how the boys managed to obtain the guns.
Image Source: NBC News