Dayton gunman’s friend facing federal charges

Dayton gunman’s friend facing federal charges


FROM FINDING OUT. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS,
CONNOR BETTS, THE ACCUSED DAYTON
SHOOTER, HAD HELP ASSEMBLING THE
AR 15 USED IN THE OREGON
DISTRICT SHOOTINGS. A FRIEND OF HIS, ETHAN KOLLIE,
ALSO 24, WAS ARRESTED LAST
FRIDAY NIGHT ON FEDERAL CHARGES. ALTHOUGH THE CHARGES GROW OUT OF
THE MASS SHOOTING INVESTIGATION
IN THE OREGON DISTRICT,
AUTHORITIES DO NOT REGARD KOLLIE
AS A CO-CONSPIRATOR.>>MR. KOLLIE DOES NOT STAND
ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY
PARTICIPATING IN THE PLANNING OF
THAT SHOOTING. WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE OF THAT,
THERE’S NO ALLEGATION OF THAT. JOHN: FEDERAL AUTHORITIES SAY
KOLLIE LIED ON FEDERAL FORMS
ABOUT ILLEGAL DRUG USE IN ORDER
TO PURCHASE FIREARMS. ACCORDING TO AN AFFIDAVIT,
KOLLIE ADMITTED BUYING BODY
ARMOR, PARTS OF AN AR 15 AND A
DOUBLE-DRUM MAGAZINE FOR BETTS. ALL WERE USED DURING THE AUGUST
4 SHOOTINGS THAT LEFT 9 DEAD IN
DAYTON. AS FOR WHY HE BOUGHT THEM.>>KOLLIE INDICATED THAT HE
PURCHASED THESE ITEMS FOR BETTS
AND STORED THEM AT KOLLIE’S
RESIDENCE IN ORDER TO ASSIST
BETTS IN HIDING THE ITEMS FROM
BETTS’ PARENTS. JOHN: ACCORDING TO FEDERAL
AGENTS, KOLLIE AND BETTS
REGULARLY USED HARD DRUGS,
MARIJUANA AND ACID TOGETHER
ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. THEY WOULD ONLY SAY THE
INVESTIGATION ABOUT WHETHER
BETTS HAD USED DRUGS AROUND THE
TIME OF THE SHOOTINGS WAS
ONGOING. AND THEY STRESSED THE
SERIOUSNESS OF ANY CRIMINAL
CULPABILITY ON THE PART OF
ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH BETTS.>>NOT ONLY IS POSSESSING
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ILLEGAL,
BUT POSSESSING CONTROLLED
SUBSTANCES AND POSSESSING A
FIREARM IS ITSELF A CRIM
JOHN: THEY NOW HAVE ACCESS TO CONNOR BETTS’ CELL PHONE. THEY’RE COMBING THROUGH THE
CONTENTS. THEY SAY ANYONE DIRECTLY OR
INDIRECTLY CONNECTED IN ABNY
— ANY WAY, CRIMINALLY ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENED HERE WILL FACE
CHARGES. LIVE IN DAYTON, JOHN LON

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