A suspect is in jail after a shooting took the lives of two teenagers at a party in Daviess County, Kentucky last weekend.

Law enforcement arrested a 17-year-old teen this afternoon, but won’t be releasing his name tonight.

Kentucky law says his name cannot be released until he is arraigned in circuit court.

He is facing two counts of murder and one count of assault.

There are new details in the case, after the teenager was arrested for the murders of 18-year-old Jasper Brown and 16-year-old Amarius Winstead.

At a press conference, Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain said law enforcement received information that the suspect was at a home on Wembley Way in Owensboro early Thursday afternoon.

He says they set up surveillance and the suspect then exited the home and got into a vehicle. That’s when law enforcement arrested him.

Police say the shooting happened 12:30 a.m. Sunday, at a party on Crisp Road near Whitesville.

“This was a party a young lady wanted to have with a few of her friends, her mother was aware of it […] and unfortunately, several people showed up uninvited.”

According to the Sheriff, the suspect knew at least one of the victims.

“We are aware of an altercation some weeks prior to the shooting event, between one of the deceased and the accused juvenile.”

They believe that altercation is at least partly behind the suspect’s motivation for the shooting, but the Sheriff says gathering information has been difficult.

“We had some individuals who wouldn’t talk to us because of what has been referred to as “The Code.”

Law enforcement said there was no indication the party was out of control until the shooting.

“The young lady that was having the party actually went in at 12:15 to ask her mother if they stayed for about fifteen more minutes. Unfortunately, in 13 minutes, two people lost their lives.”

Two lives, and two futures, lost.  

“He just knew… he wanted to be an entrepreneur,” said Amarius’s mother April. “He was just at a party to have fun, you know. […] He didn’t deserve, to be killed.”

The next steps in this case will play out in juvenile court. But Thursday, the Sheriff promised due process.
“Make no mistake about it. This individual will be tried as an adult.” .

Law enforcement is still looking to interview more people, and has not ruled out additional arrests.

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(This story was originally published on June 6, 2019)