Man accused of shooting NCHS student ‘turned fist fight into homicide,’ detective says

Updated: Aug. 19, 2019 at 10:37 AM EDT
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NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio - (FOX19) - The man accused of shooting and killing a North College Hill High School student is claiming self defense.

Isaac Moore, 17, was just starting his senior year and was looking forward to playing basketball until he was shot to death at a park Saturday around 4 p.m.

Johcar Dillard, 21, of Colerain Township, appeared in court for the first time Monday morning.

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His attorney says Dillard has no criminal record, a concealed carry permit, and has had a steady job for the last two and a half years.

He says Dillard received a call from his aunt telling him his sister was in a fight with a ‘large group of people’ and he went to the park to help her.

A Cincinnati police detective says Dillard’s sister went to Crutchfield Park in the 6400 block of Simpson Avenue to fight another girl over what he called ‘Facebook drama.'

He says police reviewed a video of the fight where Dillard’s sister was on top of another girl, fighting her, when a large crowd surrounded them.

Dillard arrived at the park with a glock handgun with a 30-round magazine, similar to what police use, the detective says, under his shirt.

The detective says Dillard punched a man in the crowd who then threw Dillard to the ground. That’s when Dillard began firing shots, he says.

He says a bullet from Dillard’s gun hit Moore, who was not the man who shoved Dillard to the ground, but instead a bystander.

Isaac was shot in the chest, police wrote in an affidavit.

He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Dillard’s defense attorney says Dillard initially fled the scene because he was being shot at, but returned to the scene when the vehicle chasing him stopped.

He says Dillard came back and waited for police to help the investigation.

Dillard was arrested and charged with murder. He was charged “based on investigation including video surveillance, interviews and admission by the defendant,” Springfield Township police wrote in his criminal complaint.

The detective says police don’t believe the shooting was self defense because Dillard showed up to a fight with a gun and turned a fist fight into a homicide.

Police asked for a ‘high bond’ for Dillard and the judge set bond at $500,000.

He will next appear in front of a grand jury Aug. 27.

This shooting is the second one this year at Crutchfield Park. Reginald Mack, 22 was gunned down there on April 16.

North College Hill Superintendent Eugene Blalock says the school met with Isaac’s family on Monday and learned that he did not have life insurance.

The family established a memorial fund at Fifth Third Bank. You can go to any Fifth Third branch and ask to donate to the Isaac Moore Memorial account.

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