LIMA — Lima Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh on Wednesday set bond at $1 million for Jolade Reginald Omosikeji Jr., who is charged with murder in the June 14 shooting death of Lima resident Christian Laws.
Omosikeji will return to the municipal court at 9 a.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing, at which time prosecutors will present arguments to have the case bound over to Allen County Common Pleas Court.
During Wednesday’s brief hearing, which took place via video conferencing, the 20-year-old defendant had his rights explained, and Hursh said an attorney would be appointed to represent him prior to his next court appearance.
Prosecutors argued for the high bond, calling Omosikeji a “flight risk … with family ties to Chicago” and “a serious danger to the community.”
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office arrested Omosikeji without incident at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1150 Adam Lee Place, Apartment H. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Lima Police Department, along with the sheriff’s SWAT team, converged on the residence following an anonymous tip.
According to authorities, detectives made contact with a relative of Omosikeji’s at the residence, and a short time later the man exited the residence and surrendered without incident.
He was booked into the Allen County Jail for the June 14 murder of Laws, whose body was found early that Friday evening in the 2400 block of Lark Avenue. Laws was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy revealed his death stemmed from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
Laws’ death was Allen County’s fourth homicide of 2019.