A young man angry that his new girlfriend was flirting with her ex-boyfriend shot and killed her last fall in Littleton, prosecutors allege. Andrew O'John, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder …
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A young man angry that his new girlfriend was flirting with her ex-boyfriend shot and killed her last fall in Littleton, prosecutors allege.
Andrew O'John, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Keleshia Nash, 22, at a north Littleton apartment complex in September 2018.
O'John does not dispute that he fired the shot that severed Nash's carotid artery and lodged in her spine, but says it was an accident that occurred while he was trying to wrestle a gun away from Nash during an argument, according to testimony from Littleton Police investigators at a preliminary hearing at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial on March 15.
O'John has not yet entered a plea in the case, but judge Jeffrey Holmes deemed the evidence sufficient to move forward to trial after the hearing.
Nash and O'John had been dating for a few weeks on Sept. 26, according to testimony from Littleton Police Detective Erin Brannan. That afternoon, O'John got mad after seeing a photo on Nash's phone of her and her ex-boyfriend, he later told investigators, and the couple spent the evening drinking and arguing.
Not long before midnight, several neighbors near Nash's apartment on the 5500 block of South Elati Street called police to report a gunshot and screaming, according to police testimony.
Responding officers found O'John on the second-floor breezeway of the complex, his chest and arms soaked in blood. Officers found the gun used to shoot Nash wrapped in a pizza flier and jammed in a nearby mailbox.
One flight up, on the third floor, Nash lay outside her apartment door, barely breathing. She was transported to Swedish Hospital, where she died two days later.
In interviews, O'John gave rambling and ever-changing stories about what had happened, though he consistently insisted that the gunshot was an accident, Brannan testified.
O'John initially told Brannan he knew little about guns and had only shot his dad's old rifle and revolver, but relented after Brannan confronted him with numerous photos from his social media accounts showing him pointing a handgun at the camera. O'John admitted the gun in several of the photos was the same one he shot Nash with, Brannan said.
At times, O'John said the scene leading up to the shooting involved another man he described either as a random passerby, Nash's ex, or a drug dealer.
Nash's death came just weeks after the death of the grandmother who raised her, according to Nash's obituary. Her mother had died years earlier of an illness.
Nash loved animals and had dreams of becoming a veterinarian or pediatrician, her obituary says.
“She'll be deeply missed by the friends and family who were fortunate enough to share a part of her life,” the obituary reads.
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