Man pleads guilty in teen's 2009 shooting death

CINCINNATI -- One of two men accused of shooting a 16-year-old boy in South Cumminsville more than four years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday, surprising court officials who were ready to select a jury before hearing the plea.

Antwan Nelson pleased guilty to aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2009 case.

Nelson and Racheon Brown II were charged with murder after police say one of them shot teen Mark Hooten in the back.

Hooten was shot in the 3700 block of Borden Street when he was walking to a job-training program, according to investigators.

Witnesses at the scene said Nelson and Brown exchanged words with Hooten and when Hooten walked away from them, one of them shot him.

Hooten was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

To those that knew him, Hooten was a popular neighborhood kid who worked hard at Dater High School, attended church and dreamed of playing professional basketball.

On Thursday, Brown is expected to plead guilty to murder charges.

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