Five people indicted on murder, assault charges in Dadeville mass shooting
Candles with the names of four people killed in a mass shooting in Dadeville, Alabama on April 15, 2023 stand with toys and flowers in front of the dance studio where the shooting took place in Dadeville, Alabama on April 19, 2023. At least four people were killed and 32 injured at a Sweet 16 birthday party where the shooting took place. (Jemma Stephenson/Alabama Reflector)
Five people arrested in connection with the mass shooting at a Sweet 16 party in Dadeville last month have been indicted on murder and assault charges.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office said in a release Wednesday afternoon that Willie Brown, 20; Johnny Brown, 19; Wilson Hill, 19; an unidentified juvenile, 16 and an unidentified juvenile, 17– were each indicted with four counts of reckless murder, 24 counts of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault for a total of 145 counts.

A 15-year-old was also arrested in April in connection with the shooting. The statement from the District Attorney’s did not say if that person had been indicted.

If found guilty, the suspects could face up to 20 years to life in prison for each of the four fatalities and 10-20 year sentences for each of the first-degree assault charges.

A grand jury in Tallapoosa convened on May 22.

While not identified in the Wednesday release, the ages of the unidentified minors line up with the ages of Tyreese “Ty Reik” McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, who ALEA announced they arrested in April.

The shooting erupted at a dance studio in downtown Dadeville on the night of April 15. Four people – Marsiah Collins, 19; Philstavious ‘Phil’ Dowdell, 18; Corbin Daqhmontrey Holston, 23 and Shaunkiva ‘KeKe’ Smith, 17, died in the shooting. Another 32 people were reported injured. The Wednesday release said 25 people were shot and survived.

A grand jury determines if there is probable cause for a criminal trial and does not determine guilt or innocence.

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