Judge Denies Bond for Homicide Suspect

A judge has denied bond for 17-year-old Christopher Spears, a Northwest High student accused of killing a classmate.

Seventeen-year-old Dominique Hollie was shot to death last Friday, the victim of a shotgun blast that prosecutors say was fired by Spears.

The shooting happened in the basement of a home near 54th and Spaulding.

Authorities say Spears, Hollie and a group of other friends were together and a verbal confrontation eventually ended in deadly gunfire.

In court on Tuesday, prosecutors said they believe as the argument escalated, Spears went into Hollie’s bedroom, grabbed a sawed-off shotgun, pointed it at Dominique Hollie and told him three times that he was going to shot him.

Prosecutors said that Hollie’s last words to his friend were, ‘that safety better be on.’” It wasn’t.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “The question of whether they were just fooling around, I mean, it seemed like it went a lot further than fooling around in this situation.”

There were several witnesses at the scene of the crime but that sawed-off shotgun has not been recovered.

Kleine said, “The firearm is illegal, per se, a sawed-off shotgun. So we would very much like if anything else to get that gun off the streets.”

Hollie’s mother and father were not in court for the bond hearing on Tuesday. They returned to their Mississippi home.

Spears is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in March.

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