Police say 12-year-old boy who was sought in fatal shooting is in custody


Jarrell Milton

Jamar Milton

Shuntayvious Primes-Willis

The 12-year-old Omaha boy who had been sought after police accused him in a June slaying has been arrested in Minneapolis.

Jarrell Milton was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service and was to be booked ahead of court proceedings to return him to Nebraska, Omaha police said in a statement late Tuesday.

Milton is one of three boys accused in the fatal shooting near Miller Park. They planned to rob the men they lured there on the premise of a marijuana deal, a Douglas County prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecutor Jim Masteller said gunfire began shortly after the youths — Jamar E. Milton, 17, Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, and Jarrell Milton — met with the two men, one of whom was killed.

Jamar Milton and Primes-Willis were ordered held without bail Tuesday, charged as adults with first-degree murder. Jarrell and Jamar are brothers.

A preliminary hearing for Jamar Milton and Primes-Willis was scheduled for July 31.

Charles Fisher, 30, was wounded in the June 29 shooting at 24th Street and Redick Avenue. Jamymell Ray, 31, was killed.

Authorities say the three boys have gang ties.

A prosecutor said Tuesday that the boys met the two men for a drug deal. During the meeting, the three boys showed guns.

Primes-Willis fired his weapon at Fisher, striking him at close range, Masteller said. It was unclear whether all three boys opened fire.

At least two different types of guns were used, Masteller said.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, speaking to reporters after the hearing, said police had found two guns and were searching for a third.

Kleine said the investigation is continuing, including looking into how the boys may have obtained the guns.

“It’s a concern when you have young people involved in crimes,” he said. “It shocks everyone.”

Kleine has said Jarrell Milton is the youngest person he can remember being sought in connection with a first-degree murder charge.

Fisher identified the three boys in a photo lineup.

When Primes-Willis went before the judge, his mother, Shannon Willis, covered her eyes with her hands and cried. She declined a request for an interview outside the courtroom. No one from Jamar’s family attended the hearing.

Fisher’s mother, Raye Fisher-Mimms, said that her son and Ray grew up with Lonnel Rae Primes, the father of Primes-Willis.

“They called each other homies … more than that, they called each other brothers,” Fisher-Mimms said. “(Primes) is just hurt. … They were raised together. He doesn’t know how to take it.”

Fisher-Mimms disputed the prosecutor’s account that the boys met the men for a marijuana deal. She said Fisher and Ray often went to the park near JND Grocery at 24th Street and Redick Avenue “just to sit and talk.”


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