Guilty verdict, plea deal announced in murder of NKY teen

One indicted teen testified against the other in the case, according to the top county prosecutor.
The City of Covington says Ke'Ovion "Keeter" Seay Tevis (far left) was a lifeguard at the...
The City of Covington says Ke'Ovion "Keeter" Seay Tevis (far left) was a lifeguard at the city's Randolph Pool.
Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT
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COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - One of two teenagers indicted in a 2019 homicide will spend decades behind bars after a Kenton County jury found him guilty of murder.

The fatal shooting happened the night of Aug. 3, 2019 at the River’s Edge at Eastside Point apartments on Greenup Street in Covington.

Police found Ke’Ovion Markel Seay Tevis, 18, in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Tevis was a lifeguard at the city’s Randolph Pool and a recent graduate of Holmes High School, according to the City of Covington.

Two Newport teens, each then 16, were indicted in November 2019.

Brandon M. Hambrick and Deangelo Smith-Jones each faced a single count of complicity to murder.

The teens qualified as “youthful offenders” under Kentucky law and will stand trial as an adult due to the seriousness of the charge and the fact that a gun was used to commit the crime, Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders said at the time.

Smith-Jones accepted a plea deal on a manslaughter charge and received a 15-year-prison sentence.

He testified against Hambrick in the case, Sanders says.

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