A 16-year-old defendant in a fatal shooting in Brighton has been charged with first-degree murder.
Jonah Graham allegedly shot 17-year-old Josiah Gonzales just before 9:30 p.m. on July 12 at Ken Mitchell Park, 889 Kinglet Court, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. Graham, who is charged as an adult in the case, has also been charged with possession of handgun by a juvenile.
Graham was arrested on Thursday at his family’s Commerce City home, police said. Witnesses reported hearing an argument between the victim and an unknown suspect before hearing gunfire.
Gonzales would have started his final year at Innovations and Options High School in the fall, according to Denver7.
In the months leading up to the shooting, Gonzales received several threats from people he knew, Ashley Huerta, the victim’s mother, told Denver 7.
“They would send him pictures of guns to his phone and ask him where he’s at, and he would just ignore it,” Huerta said.
Graham’s next court hearing is scheduled on Nov. 4.