Third Man Charged Appears in Court

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

The third man charged in last month's shooting death in Staunton made his first appearance in court Monday.

Twenty-two-year-old Kelis Hamilton had a brief hearing in Staunton District Court Monday afternoon. He was told the court would appoint him a lawyer.

Hamilton was arrested last week, and charged with being a principle in the second-degree to the murder of Dennis Mickens, 28, Waynesboro.

Mickens was shot to death on August 20, in the parking lot of Elizabeth Miller Gardens. Twenty-two-year-old Ledonna Mawyer, Staunton, was also injured in the shooting, while Mickens' twin brother David was uninjured.

Twenty-one-year-olds Andre Jamal Coe and Jamar Travis Ellery, both of Staunton, were arrested that night. Coe faces four charges, including first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Ellery faces a pair of accessory charges.

Both are being held without bond.

Coe is already being represented by Staunton's Public Defenders office, meaning Hamilton will be appointed another lawyer. Hamilton will have his bond hearing once he talks with his appointed attorney.

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