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St. Louis prosecutors charge Jennings man with killing 7-year-old girl and her father

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dmyah Fleming was fatally shot Jan. 24 along with her father, Darrion Rankin-Fleming, as they sat in a parked car on Laclede Avenue.

St. Louis prosecutors charge Jennings man with killing 7-year-old girl and her father

LOUIS — Prosecutors on Thursday filed murder charges against a Jennings man in the January killing of a 7-year-old girl and her father in the Central West End of St. Louis. Javonn Nettles, 28, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

Police haven't provided a motive in the killing or said what connection Nettles had to his two victims. The 7-year-old girl, Dmyah Fleming, was fatally shot about 8 p. m. on Jan. 24 along with her father, Darrion Rankin-Fleming, in the Central West End. They were sitting in a parked car in the 4000 block of Laclede Avenue when a gunman approached and shot them both, police said. Rankin-Fleming, 26, died at the scene.

Police said Dmyah lived in the 6200 block of Famous Avenue in St. Louis. Charging documents say a search warrant for Rankin-Fleming's phone revealed calls between him and Nettles "continued up until moments before the shooting including a message from Nettles indicating he was looking for Ranken-Fleming. "There are no communications from the defendant to the victim after the time of the murder," Officer Jeffrey Stege wrote in a probable cause statement. Nettles denied seeing Rankin-Fleming the night of the killing, charges say.

The Circuit Attorney's Office, however, later dismissed those charges after a grand jury found insufficient evidence. The felony murder case was based on Nettles' alleged involvement in a car theft when his accomplice was killed. Court records have said that Nettles lives on Maffitt Avenue in St. Louis, but police on Thursday said his current address is in Jennings. Dmyah is among at least eight juvenile homicide victims in the city this year.

The victims on that list are 17 years old or younger. Caion Greene, 9, was shot to death when gunmen opened fire on his family's vehicle in the LaSalle Park neighborhood on March 7. Journee Hemphill, 8, and her 1-year-old sister, Jakari Hemphill, were fatally shot, along with their mom, in their Dutchtown home Feb. 4. Kathon Moore, 14, was shot dead on March 8 in the 1100 block of Hodiamont Avenue. Teshawn Ford, 15, was shot to death when he went to a convenience store to exchange guns in the Greater Ville neighborhood Feb. 13. Christa Medcalf, 17, died in a fiery crash after the vehicle's driver was shot several times near Fairground Park on Feb. 20. Paris Lee Jr. , 17, was fatally shot in the Dutchtown neighborhood on Jan. 15. Seventeen of the 262 homicide victims in St. Louis last year were 17 or younger. In 2019 and the four prior years, the St. Louis Police Department's statistics grouped juvenile victims as those 16 years old and younger. In 2019, 11 children in that age category were killed.

Dmyah Fleming, 7, was shot an killed while in a car with her father, who also died, at 8 p. m. in the 4000 block of Laclede Avenue.

A 16-year-old victim died; he was found in a car at a hospital after being shot in the 1700 block of El Sabado Drive.

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