Father accused of killing driver who hit boy turns himself in, due in court Wednesday

Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 10:00:19-04

CINCINNATI -- One of the suspects in a Walnut Hills homicide has turned himself in, police said Tuesday.

Jamall Killings, 24, will face charges of murder and felonious assault in the March 24 death of Jamie Urton when he appears in court Wednesday morning. Urton had struck Killings' 4-year-old child with his car before he was shot dead.

Killings turned himself in to Police District 5, according to an announcement from the department. He was being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Police released 911 calls last week that included recordings of a man apparently telling the boy that he had killed Urton.

LISTEN: 911 calls from child struck, man shot in Walnut Hills

"I killed him," a man states in the call. "He's dead, you hear me? He's dead. The dude that hit you with the car, I killed him."

In an interview the day the boy was released from the hospital, Killings claimed to not know what had happened to Urton. He said he left to get medical attention for the injured child.

"I apologize for your loss. I don't condone violence. I don't teach my kids violence,” Killings said then. “That should never have happened … an unfortunate situation, unfortunate event, but I hope we all can learn from this."

However, police said in court records that Killings shot Urton. 

Other 911 callers described seeing someone beating the driver before shooting him multiple times and leaving the man bloody in the street. 

Urton was driving when he hit a boy on Kenton Street between Burbank and Wilkinson streets at about noon last Friday, according to police. Police said he crossed the roadway in front of the car and was struck.

An altercation developed between the onlookers and Urton, who was then out of the vehicle. Someone shot him, and Urton died later at the hospital.

The boy was released from the hospital last Saturday with bleeding in his brain.

"My job as a father was to get my son face first off the concrete and take him to see medical attention, and that's what I did,” Killings said days after the incident.

Killings said his son wasn’t in the middle of the street when he was hit.

"The car came from the bottom of my street, going about 45 miles per hour,” Killings said. “I initially stopped the car, you know a lot of kids play on that street -- that's residential, 15-25. I initially stopped him. He slowed down a bit and then swerve around me, hitting my other son. My son wasn't hit in the middle of the street. He was hit on the curb."

Urton worked at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. John Mitchell, CEO, said he hopes the person responsible is held accountable for committing "a terrible, heinous act." 

“Jamie was a great man. He was a hard worker, very versatile, caring, a great teammate, a great friend to everyone at the agency," Mitchell said. 

Police ask anyone with information on Baber or the shooting to call the Criminal Investigation Section at 513-352-3542 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.