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Charges filed in 2015 fatal drive-by shooting of young girl

December 21, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shawnee County authorities say a 21-year-old man has been charged with killing a 5-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.

Jessie Deshawn Hughes, of Topeka, was charged Thursday with one count of felony first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of 5-year-old Lily Coats-Nichols. He was also charged with criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle.

Hughes is being held in the Shawnee County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

The girl died in July 2015. Police said she was riding in a car when someone drove by and fired shots at the vehicle. Lily was hit in the head.

Two adults — including Lily’s mother — also were traveling in the targeted vehicle.

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