WALNUT HILLS, OH (FOX19) - A judge set a teenager's bond at $800K for his connection with the 2015 shooting death of 17-year-old Kelsie Crow.
Rico Mosley, 19, is charged with murder in the death of Crow. He also faces two counts of felonious assault.
While leaving a Sweet 16 birthday party at Melrose YMCA in April of last year, Crow was struck in the neck by a stray bullet which lodged in her back. She succumbed to her injuries.
At least 100 teens were outside the building when nearly 30 shots were fired, according to police. Two other teens also suffered gunshot wounds.
Clyde Bennett, the attorney for Mosley, requested a reduced bond at Friday morning's arraignment. Bennett cited the reported ten to fifteen shooters involved and a lack of evidence.
""That's not due process, when you have societal pressure to charge somebody because you have a popular victim and you charge somebody and that's what I think happened in this case," stated Bennett.
Crow was a junior at Purcell Marian High School and a member of the school's soccer team. Purcell Marian released a statement Thursday night:
"The Purcell Marian High School community remains prayerful and vigilant in its support of the Crow family during this time, and is encouraging prayer for Kelsie's family and friends, as well as everyone effected by this tragedy. We are thankful for this step toward closure for all those who knew and loved Kelsie, and will continue to provide love, prayer and support as the legal process unfolds. We also continue to pray for those still looking for answers in crimes yet unsolved throughout our community."
An $11,000 reward was offered for information that led up to the successful prosecution of the April shooting.
"We can't have people killing people in Cincinnati and not be held accountable," said Cincinnati City Councilmember Christopher Smitherman. "Part of my reason for standing here is to be clear that I do not fear, I do want our community to fear and we've got to stand up to the killers."
In July of 2015, former Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told FOX19 NOW that they were close to making an arrest in the murder.
Mosley is scheduled to appear before a grand jury April 11.
The investigation is still ongoing with Cincinnati Police.