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Published: Tuesday, 9/18/2012

Bonds reduced for 3 arrested in Moody Manor fatal shooting

BY ERICA BLAKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Bonds set for three men charged with obstructing justice related to the fatal shooting of a toddler at the Moody Manor apartment complex were lowered today in Lucas Count Common Pleas Court.

Keshawn Jennings, 20, of 244 Wasaon St.; James Moore, 20, of 2037 W. Terrace View St., and Antwaine Jones, 18, of 3145 Cottage Ave. each pleaded not guilty Aug. 28 to one count of felony obstructing justice.

Judge Frederick McDonald initially set bond in each case at $500,000, noting that the assistant prosecutor had indicated that additional charges against the men were imminent. However, no additional charges have yet been filed.

After a brief hearing today, Judge McDonald lowered the bond for Jennings and Moore to $20,000 each and to $10,000 for Jones. The judge also ordered that the men be placed on electronic monitoring if they were able to secure release on bail.

The judge denied the requests of defense attorneys who asked for a form of recognizance bonds for the men, saying that the felony three offense of obstructing justice did not warrant a significant bond. Judge McDonald reviewed each defendant’s record – noting that Jones had the least extensive criminal past – before resetting the bond.

Keondra Hooks, 1, was shot once in the head when at least 12 rounds were fired into an apartment where she and her sister were sleeping.

Keondra died 12 hours later in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Her sister Leondra Hooks, 2, was shot in the chest but survived.

Police believe that the shooters thought they were firing into a Moody Manor apartment claimed by the Manor Boys to take down a member of the Cherry Woodz, a gang at the Greenbelt Place apartments.

an assistant county prosecutor said in court that the three men remain the primary suspects in the case but that police are continuing to investigate before filing additional charges.

An Oct. 2 trial date has been sent in each case.



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