4 West Chester murder suspects arraigned

4 West Chester murder suspects arraigned

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The four suspects accused in the murder of a 2015 Lakota High School graduate were arraigned Monday morning.

Demarcus Staley, 19, Justin Koch, 18, Jibril Willingham, 20, and Rodney Foster, 19 were arraigned on charges of murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

The quartet are accused of killing 18-year-old Tyler Kassow, who was shot inside a home on Cincinnati-Columbus Road on Jan. 13.

A Butler County judge ordered Staley to be held on a $1.5 million bond, Foster to be held on a $1 million bond, while Koch and Willingham were given $250,000 bond.

The shooting happened during a home invasion, according to a family member.

Alex Kassow, Tyler's brother, said the suspects approached his car when he arrived home on a Wednesday afternoon. They held him up at gunpoint and made their way inside, where Tyler was in his bedroom.

"He hopped up from his bed to defend us.  He grabbed on to the shooter.  Me, my little brother and the shooter got in a scuffle and as soon as we went down the pistol went off and my brother got shot in the head," Alex said.

Alex said his family was recently awarded money in a car accident settlement. He believes the suspects were after that settlement money.

West Chester Police have not commented on a motive.

All four will be back in court for a hearing on Feb. 23.

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