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Murder indictment names Vandell Antwon Slade as killer at 2017 gender reveal party

Mother of two died at party for woman faking her pregnancy, police said
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Posted at 3:39 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 16:39:52-04

CINCINNATI — A new grand jury indictment names the alleged killer in the 2017 mass shooting at a gender reveal party — held for a woman who was not pregnant — that left one person dead and eight wounded in Colerain Township.

The indictment charges Vandell Antwon Slade with murder in fatally shooting 22-year-old Autumn Garrett and with felonious assault in wounding Cheyanne Willis. It also charges him with nine counts of attempted murder, Colerain police said.

Slade has not been arrested and is considered armed and dangerous. Colerain police asks anyone with information about his location to contact them at 321-COPS (2677).

Willis claimed to have been pregnant and said she lost her unborn child when she was shot in the leg, but authorities later said she had been faking her pregnancy.

Garrett, a mother of two, was attending the party with her husband and their children. They also were injured.

In all, three children and five adults were wounded when gunmen burst through the front door of a Capstan Drive home and opened fire on July 9, 2017, police said.

Three other men were indicted in the attack last December.

The new indictment, filed Wednesday, charges Slade with two counts of murder with specification and two counts of felonious assault with specification in Garrett's killing.

The attack was tied to drugs, police said during their investigation a month after the shootings. They said several people at the party had connections to three different drug circles.

The others indicted in December were:

Michael Sanon, 20, and James Echols, 23, charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of murder, nine counts of felonious assault, eight counts of attempted murder and cruelty to animals. They are being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Roshawn Bishop, 28, charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and attempted murder. He was incarcerated at Mansfield Correctional Institution, where he was serving a five-year sentence for drug trafficking and having a weapon under disability.