3 indicted in fatal Liberty Twp shootings

1 dead, 2 injured in shooting in Liberty Twp. park

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Three suspects in two fatal Liberty Township shootings within less than 48 hours of each other last week were all indicted Wednesday.

The indictments were announced just hours before Zyquon Moody, Romel Velasquez and Kaleb Tooson were scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings in Butler County Area 2 Court.

Moody, 18, of Hamilton is now charged with killing Antuan Hill Jr., 18, a Fairfield High School football standout, during a brawl and shooting Wednesday, June 10 at Liberty Park off Yankee Road.

The fight extended into the parking lot of the Lakota Family YMCA behind the park, court records show.

Moody’s indictment is for charges of murder and two counts of felonious assault.

“Zyquon K. Moody did knowingly cause serious physical harm death to Antaun Hill, Jr. during a course of a fight that occurred in the parking lot of Lakota Family YMCA on Yankee Road,” Butler County Sheriff’s Office Detective Green Detherage wrote in the complaint.

“Mr. Moody did utilize a firearm, firing shots in the direction of Antaun Hill, Jr. striking him two times-once in the chest and once in the head....”

Zyquon Moody
Zyquon Moody (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Moody also was shot during the fight, along with a 19-year-old Cincinnati teen who is expected to recover. Moody was arrested once he was released from the hospital Monday.

The second teen charged so far in the shooting during the brawl at the park, Velasquez, 18, originally was charged with Hill’s death, but the murder charge was dropped Monday.

Investigators realized that, while Velasquez did fire his gun and “confessed to being the single shooter,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release, he did not fire the bullet that killed Hill.

Velasquez now faces two counts of felonious assault.

Both weapons have been recovered, a handgun and a rifle, sheriff’s officials tell FOX19 NOW.

Romel Velasquez
Romel Velasquez (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

In the township’s other fatal shooting last week, Kaleb Tooson, 19, was indicted for murder, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated robbery and grand theft auto.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has said Tooson and two other suspects, including a 14-year-old girl, lured Riah Milton, 25, of Cincinnati to Liberty Township to steal Milton’s car and other belongings after meeting online.

A fight ensued during the robbery early Tuesday, June 10, and Tooson confessed to shooting Milton and accidentally shot himself in the process, Jones has said.

Tooson and the other two suspects fled the shooting, stealing Milton’s car and leaving the body behind in the 6000 block of Spruce Creek Drive, on the other side of Liberty Park, the sheriff said.

Tooson and an 14-year-old girl were arrested by that night, but a third suspect, a 25-year-old Cincinnati man, remains at large, according to the sheriff.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at 9 a.m. in Butler County.

The slayings were the first ones in Liberty Township in six years, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kaleb Tooson
Kaleb Tooson (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

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