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Grand jury adds to charges suspect faces in 9-year-old's murder

Grand jury indicts Ke'von Smith on a number of charges for the murder of a 9-year-old girl in Mt. Auburn (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A grand jury indicted one of two suspects in the murder of a 9-year-old Mt. Auburn girl during a robbery one year ago. A grand jury added felonious assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and a gun charge to the murder charge Ke'von Smith already faced.

According to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, Smith and his alleged accomplice Azuriah Hoskins, went into the family's home on Burnet Avenue on January 18, 2017. He says they shot Alex Thompson and his daughter Alexandrea, who also went by Sissy. Alex Thompson survived. Sissy did not.

Deters said they threatened to kill two other children in the home if they screamed.

Smith is locked up on two million dollars bond.

Hoskins was 17 at the time of the murder, just one week away from his 18th birthday. His case is currently in juvenile court but a hearing is scheduled for January 25, as prosecutors work to move the case to adult court.

Deters said in a release, "I want to thank the Cincinnati Police Department for their hard work on this case in tracking down two of the people who murdered an innocent nine-year-old girl. There are no words harsh enough to describe the murder of a child. I hope the indictment today will bring some peace to Alexandrea's family and I want to let them know, as well as our entire community, that we are determined to find and charge anyone else involved with Alexandrea's murder."

Police have said as many as four people were involved in this crime. Sources told Local 12 one of them was murdered.

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