PRESS RELEASE, 4/13/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in Kenton Street case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Jamall Killings (DOB 5/1/92) and Deonte Baber (DOB 2/29/92) in the March 24th murder of Jamie Urton.  Killings is now indicted on 2 counts of Murder with gun specifications (Special Felony) and 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, Killings faces the possibility of life in prison. Baber is now indicted on 2 counts of Murder with gun specifications (Special Felony).   If convicted of all counts, Baber faces the possibility of life in prison.

At approximately noon on March 24th Urton and a passenger were driving on Kenton Street in Urton’s silver Chevy Malibu.  Killings and his two sons were walking on Kenton Street.  Surveillance video shows the 4-year-old running out into the street and getting struck by Urton’s vehicle.  Killings is some distance away when the 4-year-old runs into the street.

Surveillance video recorded the entire incident and shows a large work van southbound on Kenton Street at the same time as Urton was driving northbound on Kenton Street.  The van would have obstructed Urton’s view of the 4-year-old as he ran eastbound across the street.

After his child is struck, Killings is seen on video running over to the car and heading straight for the driver’s side of the car.  His son, who is lying near the curb, is several feet behind the rear of the car.  Killings is shown opening the car door and beating Urton while he is still inside the car.  Deonte Baber is seen running up to the driver’s side of Urton’s vehicle.  Baber is seen firing 5 shots at Urton and then fleeing from the scene.  After Urton is beaten and shot, Killings walks to the rear of the car to his son.

In Killings’ 911 call he admits to killing the person who struck his son.

The 4-year-old was treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Urton’s death a homicide due to exsanguination as a result of bleeding to death after a single gunshot wound to the left thigh.

Killings is currently in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center.  Baber has not been arrested.  The Crime Stoppers $2,500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of Baber has now been increased to $7,500.00 after a $5,000.00 donation from the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “Absolutely disgusting that a man is dead after accidentally striking a young child who ran out into the street.  On the surveillance video that we have, Killings is not close to his young son when he runs into the street.   The driver’s view of the child would have been blocked by a large van heading in the opposite direction. 

Even more disturbing to me as a father, is the fact that Killings first response is to beat the driver of the vehicle before checking on the condition of his child.  As Killings is beating Urton, Baber appears out of nowhere and starts shooting Urton.

This is total insanity all the way around.”