COLUMBUS, Ohi7o (WCMH) — Bond was set at $5 million Thursday morning for Kinte Mitchell Jr., an 18-year-old accused of murder in the shooting death of an Ohio State student.
Mitchell had a preliminary hearing in Franklin County Municipal Court before Judge James O’Grady. Mitchell’s mother was so upset by the amount of the bond that she had to be removed from the courtroom.
“Five million? Five million? How do you shoot a guy and you don’t have gun residue?” she said, interrupting the hearing. “The detectives know that my son is innocent. The police know that my son is innocent. This is disrespectful. … Kinte, I love you. This is disrespectful.”
The shooting happened in a parking area on the 100 block of 14th Avenue at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday.
The victim was Chase Meola, a 23-year-old Ohio State student and fifth-year marketing major from Mahwah, New Jersey. Meola was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reports indicate the shooting was the result of an altercation after people were asked to leave a party in the area, according to an Ohio State safety alert. On Tuesday, Ohio State announced that a task force will review safety issues on and near campus.