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Murder suspect maintains innocence in Toledo court

Reported by Lisa Rantala email

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Deshawn McCardell, accused of killing 15-year-old Antonyo Phillips, denied his guilt in court Monday.

But if he's not innocent, he's part of an upward trend in teen-on-teen violent crime in America, reports say. That trend has black male teenaged victims rising by 40 percent and black male teenaged shooters jumping by 38 percent since 2000.

It's a trend prosecutor Lori Olender says she has noticed as well.

"Either the child has a gun or the burglaries we had this year seem to be the stealing of guns," said Olender.

McCardell's legal troubles started years ago with rioting and assaults, authorities say. But then this year, police caught him in a known drug and gang spot -- carrying a gun. Their report indicates they found his weapon at his stomach.

Police say McCardell shot and killed Phillips while Phillips was walking down the street. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

Other suspected teenage shooters already certified as adults in Toledo this year include 17-year-old Ronald Cole, who police say shot a UT freshman during a robbery, and 17-year-old Isaac Pettaway, who prosecutors say shot another teen in the back twice leaving the victim in a wheelchair.

If McCardell is certified as an adult, he faces life in prison if he's found guilty.

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