Teen charged with murder in Reynoldsburg home invasion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A Columbus juvenile is charged with murder in a Reynoldsburg home invasion.

Investigators say the 17-year-old teen was working with 18-year-old Joshua Collins, and they targeted a Reynoldsburg home for a break-in.

Dezsauno Hairston was in the home at the time and shot Collins. Investigators say Hairston and the teen wrestled over the semi-automatic weapon before the 17-year-old shot Hairston.

Because he is still a juvenile, we are not naming him. He’s charged with murder, aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Because he was present during a felony in which someone was killed, he can be charged with murder.

A hearing in 45 days will determine if he is charged as an adult.

A woman hiding with her 9-year-old son in the basement made that desperate call to 911 from the Priestley Drive home.

This teen was arrested for those charges on Friday. His mother asked the judge to release him in her care, saying he’s smart, needs only 5 credits to graduate high school and claims he wasn’t at the shooting scene.

Instead, the juvenile judge chose to keep him locked up.

“The court finds this young man is a danger to himself and there is a high risk he would abscond considering the seriousness of the offenses,” said Judge Robert Hoover of Licking County Juvenile Court.

The assistant Licking County prosecutor, Jenna Joseph, says they found multiple firearms in the home including an AK-style semiautomatic.

“We have several statements from numerous people in the community, and based upon that and police reports we have enough evidence to arrest him and proceed at this point,” she said.

The teen will get a physical and mental examination and be back in court on November 17.

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