Family of Murder Suspect Reacts to Charges

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The murder suspect's family members were in shock standing outside of the Lancaster County Courthouse only minutes after a judge's ruling to charge Kashius Haynes with 2nd Degree Murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. The charges stem from the March 28 murder of Nathaniel Morton Sr., if Haynes is convicted he could serve a lifetime prison sentence.

"He's young, he had his whole life ahead of him, but who knows the outcome," said Kashius Hayne's Aunt Zeeloris Haynes.

A conviction that carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, with the firearm charge potentially adding another 5 to 50 years behind bars, but the Haynes' family also knows the pain that's being felt by the family of the shooting victim. He was gunned down early Friday in a home on North 29th Street in Lincoln. Police say a dispute over gambling led to the violence.

"I'm just praying for a good outcome, it's a sad situation for both families, both families are grieving," said Zeeloris Haynes.

Zeeloris says the two families not only know each other but are friends, which has these two families sharing the pain as the first charges are made in this murder case.

"We'll come together in both families, we knew each other. We come together, pray together and hope for a good outcome," said Zeeloris Haynes.