Third suspect charged in September with driving shooting death of 2-year-old Kai Turner

BATTLE CREEK – A third suspect has been charged in the September drive-by shooting death of 2-year-old Kai Turner.

Hashim Bell Jr., 19, was arraigned Thursday in Calhoun County District Court for open murder, discharging a firearm from a vehicle causing death, discharging a firearm in a building causing death and three counts of felony firearm in connection with Kai’s death.

The 2-year-old was shot in the head in the early morning hours of September 20 while sleeping in the family’s Cliff Street flat. He later died in hospital from his injuries.

Bell is currently being held in Calhoun County Jail. He was denied bail in the case on Thursday.

A preliminary review, where a judge will determine if there is probable cause that Bell committed the crime, is scheduled for June 20. An attorney was not listed for Bell Friday morning.

The 19-year-old was arrested by Battle Creek police on Wednesday. Officers from the Gang Suppression Unit and the new Community Oriented Policing Unit were in the area of ​​North Washington Avenue and Ardmoor Drive on Wednesday investigating a shooting that occurred during the weekend when they were able to pull Bell over during a traffic stop, police say.

Defendant Martavon Nelson enters the courtroom during a preliminary hearing into the death of Kai Turner at Calhoun County District Court on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Defendant Martavon Nelson enters the courtroom during a preliminary hearing into the death of Kai Turner at Calhoun County District Court on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Two other suspects, Martavon Nelson, 18, and Jaylen Smith, 17, are awaiting trial in Kai’s death. Smith, a minor, is charged as an adult in this case.

Police arrested the three teens in September, the week of the shooting, but did not have enough information and evidence to charge Bell at that time.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a dark colored SUV drove past the residence and someone fired multiple bullets into the multi-apartment house. Kai was the only person injured, and police repeatedly said Kai’s family was not the intended target.

Contact reporter Greyson Steele at gsteele@battlecreekenquirer.com

This article originally appeared on Battle Creek Enquirer: Third suspect charged in shooting death of 2-year-old child

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