‘A Coordinated Assault': Documents Detail Fatal Shooting at Tuscaloosa Apartments
A group of people specifically sought out Kortnei Kelvontae Mills when he was shot and killed during "a coordinated assault" at the Legacy at Country Club Apartments last month, according to new court documents filed this week.
According to depositions filed as recently as Wednesday morning, investigators were called to the apartment complex on Mimosa Park Road at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 30th, on reports of a shooting there.
Tuscaloosa Police Officers, medical personnel and investigators with the multi-agency Violent Crimes Unit discovered Mills, 23, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. They administered what emergency aid they could, but Mills was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.
A large-scale investigation was launched immediately, and police said in court documents that after interviewing witnesses, obtaining surveillance video and processing two distinct crime scenes, they believe Mills was specifically targeted by a group of people who lethally ambushed him.
"Minutes before the shooting, a group of individuals can be seen walking toward Mr, Mills' apartment," one deposition read. "One individual can be seen walking with a long gun. Another individual can be heard on audio ... identifying Mr. Mills' apartment and calling him by his first name."
Investigators said Mills ran away from his apartment as the group approached and hid behind a portion of fence at the apartment complex, but he was soon found.
A man in a red shirt reportedly shot at Mills as he hid behind the fence, who then stood up and ran a short distance before collapsing. Investigators said the shooter walked up to Mills and shot him again as he lay on the ground.
"It is clear from the video and witness statements the entire group was acting together in a coordinated assault of Mr. Mills resulting in his death," the deposition concludes.
Witnesses told police that "the entire group" fled the apartment complex in multiple vehicles after the shooting.
Since the killing, three people have been arrested and charged in connection to the case.
20-year-old Nelson Beville Jr. was identified as a "an individual within the group coordinating the assault." He was arrested the day after the shooting and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Wednesday, where his bond is set at $100,000.
Investigators say 22-year-old Chakyla Deambri Scarbrough "made the statement in the video regarding the location of Mr. Mills' apartment." She was arrested last Friday and also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She, too, remains in the county jail.
25-year-old Charles Deandre Newton, Jr. was identified as the man in the red shirt who allegedly fatally shot Mills with a long gun. He was arrested last Thursday, charged with murder and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, also on a $100,000 bond.
Jack Kennedy, the commander of the Violent Crimes Unit, said Friday that the case is still considered active and more people may be charged in the future.
Investigators are still attempting to identify a person of interest in the case whose picture is below.
Anyone who can help identify this woman is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.
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