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Arrest made in killing of 7-year-old boy while he ate at home

By Tessa Weinberg, Darcy Costello and Matthew Glowicki
The Courier-Journal

After months of unanswered questions, community rallies and pleas from family members, police have finally made an arrest in the murder of 7-yearold Dequante Hobbs Jr., who was shot and killed at his family table while eating cake in May.

Wyatt "Wytell" Williams, 23, was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He's being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

According to the suspect's arrest complaint, Williams pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at someone he was playing a dice game with at a home near Dequante's. One of those bullets burst through a window and struck Dequante in the neck. The case garnered national attention, including from rap mogul and entrepreneur Master P, who flew Dequante's family to a charity basketball game and a National Day of Peace rally in New Orleans in June. Rapper Romeo Miller, known as Lil' Romeo, also called
"When it comes to the children, there's clear evidence that people are not willing to be as tolerant of these shootings. It shows they'll be looked at in a different way. There won't be a free ride."

Dequante's death a "senseless shooting."

"It starts with just one. It starts with you. It starts with that one person that just wants to do better and that's what the National Day of Peace rally is about," Master P previously told the Courier-Journal, calling the shooting a "horrific tragedy."

Dequante's death "sparked something" that activist and longtime family friend Christopher 2X said he hadn't seen in a long time.

"When it comes to the children, there's clear evidence that people are not willing to be as tolerant of these shootings. It shows they'll be looked at in a different way. There won't be a free ride," he said.

Dequante's mother Micheshia Norment told the Courier-Journal Wednesday after detectives left her house that she was filled with mixed emotions.

"I usually don't say this, but he can rest easy and full of peace," Norment said of her son. "He'd probably say that I did a great job."

At an afternoon press conference, Lt. Emily McKinley, commander of the homicide unit, said the shooting occurred during the last week of school. If Dequante had been alive today, it would have been his first day of second grade.

"But unfortunately he is not here to see his classmates, his friends, his teachers," McKinley said.

Williams' name came up early in the investigation, McKinley said at the press conference. He was arrested two days after the shooting on heroin and marijuana trafficking and gun charges.

On his arrest slip, investigators noted they had received numerous tips that he was involved in the killing.

McKinley also said police had spoken with Williams earlier in the case, but "were not able to charge him at that time."

According to court records, Williams was in and out of Metro Corrections on other charges in the months since the shooting and had been placed on home incarceration. He was arrested Wednesday and his arraignment is set for Monday afternoon in Jefferson Circuit Court, according to court records.

McKinley said multiple witness accounts led to Williams' arrest but declined to go into specifics.

"There were several tips that led us there," she said, adding that Williams has not given a statement to police.

No additional arrests are expected, McKinley said.

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