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Two Newport teens indicted for Covington murder qualify as youthful offenders, will stand trial as adults

The Kenton County Grand Jury indicted two sixteen-year-old juveniles for the August shooting death of Ke’Ovion Markel Seay Tevis in the parking lot of a Covington apartment complex. 

Brandon M. Hambrick and Deangelo Smith-Jones, both of Newport, each face a single count of Complicity to Murder. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said each defendant qualifies as a “Youthful Offender” under Kentucky law and will stand trial as an adult due to the seriousness of the charge and the fact that a gun was used to commit the crime.

Covington Police responded to the River’s Edge at Eastside Pointe apartments on Greenup Street for a report of a shooting on Saturday, August 3, 2019 about 10:00 p.m.

Tevis, known to many as “Keeter” was found in a parking lot of the complex, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported by ambulance but succumbed to his wounds. Tevis was a recent graduate of Holmes High School and worked for the City of Covington at one of its public swimming pools.


Hambrick and Smith-Jones are scheduled for arraignment before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe on November 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 6A of the Kenton County Justice Center. 

A trial date will be scheduled at that time.

The case is being prosecuted by Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney Aaron Levinson. Lead investigator is Det. Rob Fain.

Complicity to Murder carries a possible punishment of twenty to fifty years or life in prison. Mugshots of juvenile defendants are not publicly available.

These defendants have only been named publicly after being indicted by the Grand Jury to be tried as adults. An indictment is only a charge and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney

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