Christopher Spears declared three times that he would shoot his friend before he pulled the trigger on a sawed-off shotgun, a Douglas County prosecutor said Tuesday.
Spears, 17, is charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in the death of Dominique Hollie, also 17. Spears appeared in court Tuesday.
If convicted, Spears could receive 20 years to life in prison on the second-degree murder charge and five to 50 years on the deadly weapon charge, a judge told him.
Spears will be held without bail. A preliminary hearing in the case was set for March 25.
Spears, a junior at Northwest High School; Hollie, a sophomore at the school; and other friends were in the basement of Hollie's grandmother's home at 3914 N. 54th St. when an argument began.
Spears made some sexual comments about Hollie's sister, according to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. Hollie went to his bedroom, which is in the basement, and grabbed a sawed-off shotgun, returned to the friends and said something to Spears, Kleine said. Hollie then took the shotgun back to his room.
The comments between Hollie and Spears continued. Spears then went to Hollie's room and returned with the shotgun. He told Hollie three times, “I'm going to shoot you.”
The prosecutor said Hollie responded by saying, “That safety had better be on.''
Spears then shot Hollie in the face, the prosecutor said.
Police arrested Spears a few blocks away from the shooting, near 52nd and Fort Streets.