Prosecutors say ongoing feud led to teen's death

Published: Dec. 5, 2017 at 2:48 PM CST
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Police say an ongoing feud between two adults ended with the death of a 15 year old child. Witness say Catessa Barnum pulled a gun and fired the fatal shot.

Prosecutors say back in September, Shadaisja Hill was shot to death while her mother, Porcha Hill, and Catessa Barnum were involved in a physical altercation.

“There was no reason for Shadaisja to be shot and killed. Shadaisja was an autistic child who didn’t bother nobody, who didn’t like drama, who did none of that. Riding with her mom to drop somebody off, to pick up their car, no more, nothing less,” said Porcha Hill, the victim’s mother.

Fifteen-year-old Shadaisja Hill was in the car at 2 a.m. when a physical altercation between a number of people broke out at a delivery shop near 36th and Lake in September. Witnesses say Catessa Barnum fired a shot that eventually killed the teenager.

“I don’t think she was intentionally meaning to kill my daughter but she did it – so you have to pay the time for the crime that you did,” said Hill.

Testimony revealed there is also a cell phone recording of the incident that allegedly shows Barnum pointing a handgun. Witnesses say all of this is the result of an ongoing feud between Catessa Barnum and Porcha Hill, the victim’s mother.

“There’s been some back and forth there. The end result is a very sad case – a tragedy where the life of a 15-year-old is taken in this manner,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.

The victim’s mother doesn’t think there should be a trial. She just wants Barnum to admit to what she did.

“I know you didn’t mean to do it, so just own up to what you did. Serve your time and let me move on. Let me start my healing process. That’s all I want,” said Hill.

Barnum’s case now moves on to district court. If found guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, Barnum could face up to 70 years in prison.