The mother of a 17-year-old accused in the shooting that killed former Chaparral High School football player Richard Nelson was indicted Thursday.
Tianna Douglas, also known as Tianna Thomas, faces one count of accessory to murder with a deadly weapon and battery with substantial bodily harm.
District Judge Eric Johnson issued a $50,000 warrant for her arrest.
Her son, Richard Newsome, faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
Nelson, 18, was fatally shot last month after intervening in a fight between his sister and several other people outside a home on the 4800 block of Sacks Drive, near Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.
Prosecutors said that before Nelson was killed witnesses saw Newsome point a handgun at another person while his 37-year-old mother stood by his side.
“She knew that he had a weapon,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Tierra Jones said. “She then put him in a car. They drove over to (Nelson’s) house, knowing that this was already a somewhat agitated situation.”
Police said Nelson — a college student who was inside his family’s home, enjoying his last night of winter break — ran outside to help his older sister, Oniesha Coleman, before Newsome pulled out a gun and shot Nelson several times.
The prosecutor said Douglas also “engaged in a physical altercation” with Coleman.
Newsome and his mother and brothers then climbed into a car and drove away.
Nelson was a Missouri State University freshman and football player.
Sometime before the fight that resulted in Nelson’s death, an initial argument broke out between Nelson’s sister and her girlfriend while they talked on the phone, according to a police report. Nelson was not involved in the argument.
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