COVINGTON, Ky. – Though he will never see it in this world, the wheels of justice began moving swiftly for 19-year-old Dasean Peterson.
In a little more than 48 hours, two juveniles and four adults were in jail in relation to the shooting death of Peterson at Garrard and 17th streets on Sunday.
“Our community -- especially citizens in that area -- put their foot down and made us very aware of what they would tolerate and what they wouldn't tolerate,” said Covington Police Chief Spike Jones. “Shootings on the streets of Covington are absolutely intolerable to the residents -- the citizens that live here as well as the police department that serves this community. By coming together we were able to bring a quick resolve and get the suspects in custody and I very much thank our community -- the folks that stood up and stepped forward and assisted us with this.”
Four adults were arraigned in a Kenton County courtroom Wednesday morning.
Mikyle D. Holloway was charged with tampering with physical evidence and received a $25,000 bond. Reginald B. Bates, Eugene Zavon Smith, and Hassan A. Abdullah were each charged with murder and had bonds denied.
The two others taken into custody Tuesday in relation to the homicide were a 16 and 17 year old, each awaiting to be transferred to adult court and facing murder charges, Jones said.
Those arrested for Peterson’s death appeared to be a loosely affiliated group who had a dispute with Peterson and another group.
“There was an ongoing dispute between these two groups of individuals and sadly this group decided to resolve that dispute by this type of force and it resulted in the death of this young man,” Jones said. “We're very fortunate in the fact that this this doesn't occur that often.”
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders’ office will handle the prosecution of the suspects charged.
“Each of the defendants in this case is charged with complicity to commit murder. Under Kentucky law, if you participate in a murder or in this case a murder plot in any way and someone dies as a result of that murder plot and you contributed in any fashion, you're just as guilty as the person that pulled the trigger,” Sanders said. “We do believe there was only one gun used in the case so we have one shooter. However, each of the defendants participates and contributed to events and to the shooting in some fashion. That's why each one has been charged with complicity to commit murder in addition to the two juveniles.”
Sanders said he had a good idea who the actual triggerman was, but chose to withhold that information for the time being because of an ongoing feud between the two groups.
“It's been a long time since we've had a crime like this in Covington and we certainly don't welcome it back, but we will deal with it swiftly and justly as the facts and evidence require. Hopefully, we don't have another one of these for a good long time,” Sander said.
One resident who held Peterson’s hand as he died on Sunday hopes to never see such circumstances again either.
“I was holding him,” said Joseph Ingram, who lives in the Garrard neighborhood. “He was making noises and I told him to squeeze my hand. He was squeezing my hand at first, but then after he stopped making those noises, I said ‘Squeeze my hand if you're OK’ and he didn't squeeze my hand. I was rubbing his head, and I said, ‘Man, you're going to be all right. You're going to be alright’…but I really knew he wasn’t."
Those accused of killing Peterson are set to appear before Judge Douglas Grothaus for a preliminary hearing Nov. 7 for at 1:30 p.m.
“Murder investigations don't get much swifter than this and short of catching someone at the scene, this is about as quick a resolution as I think anybody can reasonably expect,” Sanders said. “The community has stepped up to the plate and done their part to participate and cooperate with police. I thank them and applaud them for that.”
A vigil for Peterson will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. on 17th and Garrard Streets.
9 On Your Side's Tome McKee contributed to this report