Man Charged in Death of 9-Year-Old Girl in Ferguson

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrest made in death of 9-year-old Ferguson girl killed while doing homework.

Authorities on Thursday charged a man who they say confessed to the shooting death of the 9-year-old girl in Ferguson struck by a bullet as she was doing homework.FERGUSON • Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old O’Fallon, Mo., man they believe murdered 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden as the girl did her homework at her house. De’Eris Brown, of the 9200 block of O’Fallon Lake Drive, is facing six charges, including second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action, according to court documents. At a press conference Thursday, Ferguson Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson, flanked by other Ferguson police commanders and Mayor James Knowles, said detectives “spent countless hours” to solve the case.

Kendric Henderson, the girl’s mother, was shot in the leg but made a full recovery. “We need justice for this little girl,” said Bolden’s cousin April Cooks at the vigil held on August 20. “For those of you that might know something, think about how the man walking around here can do it to your child. Think about what you are keeping to yourself.” Anthony Shahid, a noted Ferguson community activist, also had a message for the killer. “You took the life of a little baby that was doing her homework. Shahid also pledged to mobilize the local residents to “take back the streets” from the criminals. “If the police shoot us, we’re gonna address it – but if you shoot us, we’re gonna address you too,” Shahid said. “What we cannot do in this community is allow this kind of devastation on our families.” The reward offered by CrimeStoppers for any information in the case was at $8,265 as of Wednesday. Louis Post-Dispatch that she ran into the bedroom when she heard the gunfire. “I kept holding and holding her,” the grandmother told the paper. “I still have her blood on my hands.

The initial $5000 reward by the authorities was augmented by a $1000 donation from the Fraternal Order of the Police, and $2265 from private donors who wished to remain anonymous. I was telling her to just breathe.” Jamyla was in the home just around the corner from where a memorial stood for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer whose death sparked a national conversation about the interactions between police and communities of color. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar’s office issued a statement Thursday regarding Brown’s criminal record, saying he admitted to acting with an accomplice to rob someone in 2014. “As a part of plea negotiations, various other charges were dismissed. Brown was sentenced to serve 10 years in the department of corrections, with that sentence being suspended, and Brown was placed on probation for a period of 5 years. These charges were later dismissed due to a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim.” The girl was killed while doing homework in her mother’s bed on the night of Aug. 18.

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