Ron Blair, accused of the downtown fatal shooting of a teen early Sunday, was caught after police spotted him several hours after the slaying standing in front of a new Broadway club he’s leasing, a Columbus police detective testified Tuesday.
Blair, 32, is charged with murder in the death of Keon D. Coleman, 19. Police say Blair shot Coleman at Broadway and 12th Street about 1 a.m. Sunday during an argument. Blair then fled, but was spotted by officers about 10 hours later in front of Club RMI 6, a bar less than a block away from the fatal shooting, said Detective Katina Williams.
Blair ran from officers and was caught at 13th Street and First Avenue, reports state.
Facing life in prison if convicted, Blair pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Columbus Recorder’s Court to murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Senior Judge Michael Cielinski then ordered Blair held without bond.
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Williams testified Tuesday in Blair’s preliminary hearing about the moments leading up to the shooting. Blair and a man known only as JJ were at Broadway and 12th Street about 1 a.m. Sunday when Coleman, who was with a group of people, walked up.
JJ was singing a popular song by the band “Future” when he tried to get the phone number of one of the women in Coleman’s group. A man with Coleman intervened, telling JJ that the woman was his girlfriend, Williams said.
JJ and the man then shook hands or bumped fists, Williams said, and they never raised their voices. However, at the same time, Blair became involved in an argument with Coleman. Blair then pulled a small Derringer from his pants’ pocket, the detective said.
“Witnesses said Ron Blair then dashed the contents of a red Solo cup into the victim’s face with his left hand and then shot with his right hand,” Williams said.
Blair then ran from the area, Williams said.