CINCINNATI (WXIX) — The trial of a man accused of killing a 17-year-old in a park is set to begin Monday.
Prosecutors say Johcar Dillard (below) shot Isaac ‘Ike’ Moore in North College Hill in August 2019.
Dillard, who was 21 at the time of the shooting, claimed self-defense, saying he went to Crutchfield Park to protect his sister as a big fight unfolded.
Police say Dillard’s sister went to the park to fight another girl because of the “Facebook drama.”
Video of the fight reviewed by police reportedly shows Dillard’s sister was on top of another girl fighting her when a large crowd surrounded them. Dillard arrived with a handgun and punched a man in the crowd, police said. The man then knocked Dillard to the ground and Dillard reportedly began firing shots, one of which hit Moore.
Moore was a bystander, according to police.
Dillard fled the scene because he was under fire, but returned when he was sure to and waited for police to help with the investigation, according to his defense attorney.
Dillard had no criminal record and had a concealed carry permit at the time of the shooting, his attorney said. Court documents show Dillard admitted to the shooting.
Moore was a well-known basketball player from North College Hill High School. Shannon Minor was one of his coaches.
“As a teacher, as a coach, as a parent, you know…you lose one of your student-athletes, it’s like losing one of your own,” Minor said. sunday.
Minor says Moore’s death was extremely hard on his teammates.
“They are with him for 10 to 12 years at school and play sports with him,” Minor explained. “And so, that made it difficult for them, you know…a hard pill to swallow. We used that as motivation that year, but there was still something missing that year, and I think with him leaving , the year kind of took a lot, you know, from us…and his family, too.
The team launched a scholarship in Moore’s honor.
“He was a guy who was really well liked by the students,” Minor said. “The student body was very fond of him. He was fun loving, fun loving, always smiling.
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