Video Update: Courthouse Melee Ends In Arrests, Injury

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A fight broke out between two families at the sentencing hearing for a man convicted of second degree murder. One person was taken to the hospital and two were arrested.

On Tuesday morning, Antonio McNichols was sentenced to 30-50 years for second degree murder, five years for felon in possession, and 12-15 years for use of a weapon to commit a felony. He also gets credit for 396 days already served. Altogether, he will serve 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole and will have a mandatory release in 36 and a half years.

Following the hearing, some individuals there got into an altercation while getting on the elevator. Douglas County Deputies got involved and pepper spray was used to try and disperse the crowd. It worked for a few minutes, until a second fight broke out between two individuals. Two people were arrested and one person injured his leg and had to be taken to the hospital. Police have not specifically identified any of those involved.

McNichols gunned down 26-year-old Davarus Neelon on January 13, 2012 inside the home of their mutual love interest, Kennetta Gunn, near 42nd and Ohio. According to a police detective, Neelon arrived at the home while McNichols was getting four children ready for school.

When McNichols took the four children outside to be loaded into a vehicle for school, Neelon followed him outside and watched him with the children. Neelon then turned and went back inside the house.

Prosecutors say that's when McNichols got a gun out of the trunk of the car, fired three shots into Neelon's vehicle, "just to see if it was working," and went back to the house. Because the door was locked, McNichols broke in using the gun and allegedly fired one shot at Neelon, who was laying on the living room floor.

Neelon was shot once in the upper right hip. He was conscious when paramedics arrived, and according to the detective, told first responders, "Antonio shot me." He later died at the hospital.

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