Friend of Ohio shooter due in court for detention hearing

Ethan Kollie
Posted at 8:59 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 08:59:30-04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton gunman is due in court after authorities accused him of buying the body armor and helping assemble the weapon used in last week's mass shooting.

A judge scheduled a detention hearing for Ethan Kollie of Kettering in suburban Dayton on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said there's no evidence that Kollie knew what gunman Connor Betts had planned. But, they said that Kollie lied on a federal form while buying a pistol that was not used in the shooting.

Kollie's attorney said that Kollie was shocked that Betts carried out the shooting.

Authorities said they discovered that Kollie had lied on the form while investigating the August 4 shooting in Dayton.

Police said Betts killed nine people within 30 seconds before officers shot and killed him.