Lincoln, Neb.-- A Lancaster County judge charged 21-year-old Kashius Haynes with 2nd Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony in the death of 38-year-old Nathaniel Morton, Sr. The judge set Haynes' bond at 10 percent of $1 million on Monday. Haynes faces 20 years to life in prison. His next court appearance will be April 18.
Just after midnight Friday morning, Lincoln Police and rescue crews were called to the 1900 block of N. 29th Street on a reported shooting.
Police say emergency crews took Morton to Bryan West Campus to be treated for injuries. He was later pronounced dead.
According to police, several people were rolling dice and gambling when an argument broke out. Police say someone pulled a gun and shot Morton in the chest.
According to the arrest warrant, witnesses said they saw Haynes argue with Morton and then shoot him once. The affidavit says Haynes tried to shoot again, but several people intervened and grabbed the gun. At some point Haynes got the gun away from the people and waved it around to back them off. Witnesses say he ran away once he was free.
LPD said Haynes turned himself into authorities around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
One neighbor said he heard lots of screaming and several people and cars leaving the area, minutes before the first police car showed up.
In an interview with 10/11 News, LPD Capt. Don Scheinost said that the investigation is still ongoing. Scheinost said he can't say one way or another if more arrests are going to be made in the investigation.
Scheinost credits the investigators on this case, who were tenacious in trying to locate Haynes.
Investigators contacted several of his friends and associates and according to Scheinost, it is possible that word of all these contacts got back to Haynes, which encouraged him to turn himself in.