Police make arrest in Ramon Bradley homicide case - KCTV5 News


Three teens, one other charged in Ramon Bradley homicide case

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Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman charged a 15-year-old, 16-year-old, 17-year-old and 20-year-old in connection with the shooting death of Ramon Bradley.

Deaarion Potts, 15, D'Andre P. Hill, 16, and Deandre U. Harris, 17, were charged in the juvenile department of the district court with first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle

Hill and Harris were also charged with criminal use of weapons.

The district attorney's office has filed a motion to have Potts, Hill and Harris certified to stand trial as adults.

Bobby Hale, Jr. was also charged. He's charged with first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle.

Hale is in custody in the Wyandotte County Jail instead of paying $500,000.

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Twenty-four hours ago family and friends of a murdered Kansas City, KS, teenager gathered, hoping for an arrest in Bradley's death. Now that hope has been answered.

Bradley's mother, Ramona Douglas, said her son was never the intended target of the shooting and that's why she was really afraid her son's killer could strike again and get the teen they were really after.

Douglas said she's relieved to learn there's now a suspect sitting in the Wyandotte County Jail and another in the juvenile detention center.

"Not happy, not jumping around or anything like that. Just relief that no else will be injured or killed by this individual," Douglas said.

She spent part of her day Thursday at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in KCK, finalizing the plans for her son's burial. Bradley, 17, was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a friend's car after leaving a Saturday event at the JFK Community Center.

Douglas said the announcement that an arrest was made in her son's murder is a huge weight off her shoulders.

"I'm at peace, not 100 percent, I'll never be at peace because a piece of me is gone," she said.

Police said one adult and one juvenile have been arrested. Charges were filed the following day. Douglas said, right now, her thoughts are with the mother of the teen in custody.

"I feel for their entire family. Like my dad said, we were never out for revenge, we just wanted justice for Ramon. Unfortunately it comes in the form of another child going to jail," she said.

What worried Douglas from the start is the fact that her son was an innocent bystander. He had just left the community center after a youth party. He was in a friend's care when another car drove by and opened fire near Third Street and Minnesota Avenue.

Police said Bradley was never the intended target, so his mother was worried there could be another murder. She said the arrests means there won't be another family going through her pain.

"The people he was with were his friends and if he was not the intended target that meant they could get who they were targeting. I feel better, they are safe and the suspects are off the streets," Douglas said.

Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday evening to remember the teen and plead for a change in the code of silence. Bradley's mother said she wants to change the perspective of talking to police about crimes as something of a cowardice act versus a courageous act.

Douglas said her son's funeral will be Monday at the Salem Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m. She said the community is welcome to attend.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and they continue to encourage anyone with information about the case to please contact the KCK Police Department's Major Case Unit at 913-573-6020 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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