Two of the six suspects arrested for the murder of a 5-year-old Omaha girl were in court Friday morning. The cases of 20-year-old Vincent Hicks and 18-year-old Jaylen Montgomery were each bound over to district court for trial.
Hicks faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly firing an AK-47 at a rival gang member on the street near North 45th Street and Bedford Avenue on January 15th. One of the bullets went through the wall of a nearby home and struck Payton Benson in the back as she sat on a living room couch eating breakfast. That bullet has never been recovered.
Montgomery is facing charges of discharging a firearm in city limits, possession of an illegal firearm and use of a gun to commit a felony.
Police say Hicks and Montgomery were accompanied by Jacob Brown and Adonus Moses at the time of the shooting. Brown and Moses waived their preliminary hearings in earlier court appearances.
On Friday, we discovered that the reason for the gunfire was apparently linked to a photograph.
Brown told investigators that they were purposely driving into rival gang territory armed. He said the four are members of the 38th Street gang and a rival gang member took a photo in 38th Street territory. That put everything in motion.
Investigators said the four were driving in a stolen Jeep and had made two stops prior to the shooting near 45th and Bedford: J and J Grocery and a gas station near 42 and Ames. Investigators say that's when they spotted someone they thought was a rival gang member and opened fire.