CINCINNATI – Bond nearly doubled Thursday morning for a suspect charged with murder and felonious assault for last year's shooting at a birthday party at the Walnut Hills YMCA.
At a video arraignment Thursday, 19-year-old Rico Mosley's bond increased to $1.5 million from the previously set $800,000 bond. Mosley also pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and four counts of felonious assault.
Mosley's charges are connected to the shooting of Kelsie Crow, a 17-year-old Purcell Marian student and soccer player, on April 4, 2015.
Bennett said police interviewed Mosley last summer during the investigation, but he was not arrested until April 1. Crow was killed when gunfire erupted outside a Sweet 16 party at the Melrose YMCA in Walnut Hills. Police said Crow was an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet.
Two other teenagers were wounded in the spray of gunfire after the party.
Crow succumbed to her injuries the next day at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The other two teenagers survived.
Police felt social and community pressure to make an arrest in Kelsie Crow's shooting death, the suspect's attorney said April 1.
Attorney Clyde Bennett called the charges against Mosley a rush to place blame.
"People wanted answers for this particular murder - they wanted answers, they wanted somebody to be blamed, they wanted somebody responsible - so Cincinnati got to my man. That's what happened in this case," Bennett said.
John Genovese contributed to this report.