14-year-old accused in killing appears in court

Tyon Wells, a 14-year-old accused of killing a 17-year-old North High student, appeared in court Thursday.

A judge set bail at $1 million Thursday for a 14-year-old charged with killing a 17-year-old North High School student on Sunday during a botched marijuana deal.

Tyon Wells is accused of firing at least three shots Sunday afternoon near 25th Street and Crown Point Avenue. Zachary Parker died at a hospital. Devon Darnell, also 17, was wounded.

Parker and Darnell planned to sell marijuana to Wells and a 15-year-old boy, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Wednesday.

Wells faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted on all charges : second-degree murder, second-degree assault and two counts of firearm use.

Wells’ attorney, Kevin Ryan, said he plans to file a motion to transfer the case to juvenile court. Kleine said that the 15-year-old with Wells did not have a weapon and was not aware that Wells had a gun. The 15-year-old boy is charged in juvenile court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

A third teen who was with Parker and Darnell told police that during the meetup to buy marijuana, Wells pulled out a gun and demanded the drugs. Wells fired three to four times into the vehicle, a prosecutor said Thursday. Parker was in the driver’s seat.

Parker was shot in the back and died at the Nebraska Medical Center. Darnell, who police said was shot in the right arm, was treated and released.

Parker was a junior at North High School. He had enrolled about a month ago from outside the district. Wells is enrolled at McMillan Magnet Center.

Wells’ relatives would have to put up 10 percent of the bail amount, or $100,000, for him to be released.

After the Thursday hearing, a teenager who said he was a family member said he was one of more than two dozen people who had come to support Wells.

When a reporter asked Wells’ mother, Tanya Wells, if she would like to comment, a man who was escorting her outside answered, “Leave us the (expletive) alone.”

alia.conley@owh.com, 402-444-1068

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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