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Man accused of fatally shooting man outside Cincinnati Walmart turns self in

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A man accused of shooting and killing another man outside a Walmart in November turned himself in to police Monday evening.

The shooting happened on Nov. 27 around 3:27 p.m. when Cincinnati police responded to the Walmart Superstore on Ferguson Road for a report of a person shot in the head.

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When officers arrived, they found a victim, later identified as 24-year-old Jamontea Brown, suffering from a gunshot wound outside the store, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. Brown died at the scene. He had a small child at the time and another baby on the way, according to family.

Deters said Brown walked out of the store and was waiting for a ride when a car pulled up behind him. A man is on camera getting out of a car, pulling a firearm and shooting Brown in the back of the head, killing him. The man then got back into the car and sped off, Deters said.

Police identified the suspected gunman as Josiah Hassell, 26. Hassell was indicted for murder in Brown's death on one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault.

Hassell remained at large for nearly a month after the indictment before turning himself in to Cincinnati Police District One headquarters Monday.

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Hassell's attorney Clyde Bennett said Hassell's family approached him months ago about representation and needed time to obtain the money to hire him. That is why Bennett said Hassell is just now turning himself in.

"If you turn yourself in to the Hamilton County criminal justice system on a murder charge without retaining counsel, you will get chewed up and spit out, and the family knows that. Anybody in the city knows that," Bennett said.

The surveillance video will be a key piece of evidence in the case.

"It's impressive, but it's not conclusive as to who actually did it or why he did it. So it doesn't prove beyond reasonable doubt that anybody did anything," Bennett said.

Police released surveillance murder of the shooting in early May. Hassell's attorney told WLWT Monday that he's not the man caught on surveillance video in the execution-style murder.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters reacted over the phone tonight.

"There's no question we're seeing a lot more brazen violence in our neighborhoods.. The community is much safer with him behind bars," Deters said. "He needs to go to jail for the rest of his life."

If convicted on all charges, Hassell faces the maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

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