Four men are facing charges in connection with the shooting death of a 5-year-old Omaha girl who was hit by a stray bullet while eating breakfast with her family in their home.
All four men were arrested earlier on suspicion of theft on Jan. 15. Surveillance video captured footage in the area where shots were fired.
Police believe that a bullet from the shooting about a block from Payton Benson’s home killed the girl and that she was not an intended target of the gunfire. The men now face charges more directly tying them to her death.
Vincent Hicks, 20, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy and three felony weapons counts. Investigators suspect he fired the bullet that killed Payton, although neither that bullet nor the gun have been found.
Adonus Moses, 22, was booked on suspicion of criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, police said. Also, 18-year-old Jaylen Montgomery and 21-year-old Jacob Brown were booked on suspicion of discharging a firearm at an occupied dwelling and using a weapon to commit a felony. Montgomery faces an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a gun.
At a news conference Payton’s mother, Tabatha Manning, said she had forgiven those responsible for her daughter death. She also stated that the new charges “will not bring my daughter back.”
Manning also said that while she harbors no anger for her daughter’s killer, she wants to wait to personally address whoever is convicted.
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