$2 million bond set for murder suspect in girl's shooting death

Azuraih Hoskins Jr., Ke'von Smith
Azuraih Hoskins Jr., Ke'von Smith

MT. AUBURN, OH (FOX19) - Two men are under arrest and charged with the murder of 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson nearly one year after her death.

The girl and her father were shot in a home in the 2200 block of Burnet Avenue on Jan. 18, 2017.

Azuriah Hoskins Jr., 18, and 19-year-old Ke'von Smith were arrested and charged Wednesday.

Smith's bond was set at $2 million when he made his first court appearance Thursday. His murder charge goes to a grand jury for indictment Jan. 22.

Hoskins appeared in a Hamilton County juvenile courtroom Thursday afternoon. He was 17 at the time of the crime so, for now, his case will be handled in juvenile court.

"There's another individual that actually fired the shots, but (Hoskins) certainly was involved in the offense with a firearm and engaged in the offense," said Brian Goodyear, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor.

A hearing two weeks from now will determine if Hoskins will be tried as an adult.

"Due to the hard work and diligence of our investigator's, as well as a continuing cooperative effort with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, this case was brought to a successful resolution," Police Chief Eliot Isaac said in a news release.

Alex Thompson said he was shot four times while trying to protect his daughter who the family calls "Sissy."

One of his other children answered the door when he said three to four people came barging in.

"My daughter said they asked her for weed and money ... and I don't sell drugs," Thompson said.

Thompson said he was upstairs in the house filling out job applications and began playing a video game as he heard a cry from his daughter.

"She was calling me and said, 'Daddy,' and I'm like 'What,' and I turn to the other side and I see the guy covering her mouth with a gun to her head," he said.

When Thompson saw a chance, he took it and tried to wrestle the gun out of the killer's hands. He was hoping his daughter would run out of the room, but she took cover behind him. The family believes the bullet went through him striking and killing her.

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"This is one of those offenses which really shocked the community," said Lt. Col. Mike John. "It shocked the officers investigating this."

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