‘It’s hard,’ Father of Magnolia teen speaks out, two juveniles and an adult accused in his son’s murder

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UPDATE MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 7:00 PM – Two teens and one adult are being accused for allegedly killing another teen last week. The victim’s dad spoke with NBC10 about what continues to be a very heartbreaking situation.

“For my baby life to be taken at the age. It’s hard man,” Nick Allen said.

16 years old, that’s the age of Allen’s son, Daejon Mitchell. He was shot in the chest the night of December 4 at the Preston apartment in Magnolia. The life Allen pictured for his family went nothing like this.

“We just moved down to Magnolia four years ago,” Allen said. “Our plan we thought this would give him a better life well I thought it was a better life.”

Right now, there people are in custody for their alleged involvement in Mitchell’s murder.

Magnolia police say Kobe Leichmon, 16, of El Dorado and 17-year-old Travion Jefferson and 20-year-old Marquese Porchia both of Stephens are all facing first degree murder charges.

Jefferson and Porchia appeared in court Friday afternoon. Both are being held on a $500,000 bond.

“I don’t have any anger against them or nothing. It’s just something that has to be done done,” Allen said.

Now, his son who he says was an honor roll student at the Magnolia High School has no chance of seeing what life had in store for him. The three suspects could potentially spend most of their lives in prison.

“As parents we have to come together and get control of our children. We have to be involved in our children’s life,” Allen said “Our children are too young to be taking lives. They’re too young to be losing their lives and we just sitting back allowing it.”

Family and friends held a memorial service for Mitchell on Wednesday. His body was taken to Milwaukee, the place where Mitchell spent most of his life. His funeral will be Saturday.


UPDATE: Two more men arrested in homicide of 16-year-old in Magnolia

UPDATE MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 9:41 a.m. — According to Magnolia Police Chief Todd Dew, an additional two arrest have been made in connection to the December 4th homicide of Daejon Mitchell, 16, at Preston Apartments in Magnolia.

Marquiese Porchia, 20, of Stephens and a 17-year-old juvenile also of Stephens Arkansas were arrested late Thursday evening. Both are charged with first degree murder and are awaiting first appearances in court.

Their alleged involvement in the murders has not been released. This is a developing story.

UPDATE: Family and friends remember the life of 16-year-old Daejon Mitchell, teen murdered in Magnolia

UPDATE: MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 8:21 PM: Family and friends remember the life of 16-year-old Daejon Mitchell, the teen murdered in Magnolia last Friday.

“He should have never got shot for one. A person doesn’t deserve to die the way he died. Why take a life at 16 years old. He didn’t get to experience anything,” his sister Dyeasha Mitchell said.

Daejon comes from a large family. He is one of nine siblings. He was visiting one of his sisters at the Preston Apartments the night he was shot in the chest.

Mitchell’s friends say they are hurting behind this loss.

Many of them last saw him at school or at the basketball game Friday night. Not having him around on this Monday back from the weekend was just not the same.

“Not too good. I cry every 5 minutes,” Tyleic Morgan said.

“It felt like I was looking at a fairy tale, in a dream. He affected everybody. The whole school is feeling the same way,” Lance Jackson said.

It was his smile and warm personality that resonated with many of the people he came across. Daejon may be gone but his loved ones say he will be remember forever.

“I’m going to live my life to the fullest and live it for him and how he would have wanted me to live it. The right way. The correct way,” Jackson said. “Go to school, respect your parents and have fun.”

The memorial service for Daejon will be December 9 at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Church. This is just for family, friends, classmates, teacher, etc. who would like to their respects.


UPDATE: El Dorado teen accused of another teen’s murder in Magnolia

UPDATE: MAGNOLIA, Ark. (12/7/2020) 6:47 PM — An El Dorado teen is accused of allegedly killing another teen in Magnolia Friday night.

Kobe Leichmon, 16, appeared in court for his first court appearance in Columbia County. He is facing first degree murder charges for the murder of a 16-year-old male victim at the Preston Apartments Friday night around 11 p.m.

The victim was shot in the chest outside in the parking lot. Investigators with the Magnolia Police Department say Leichmon drove to Magnolia in his dad’s vehicle.

He fled the scene following the shooting incident but was found in Camden the next day during a traffic stop.

Evidence found in that vehicle led to Leichmon’s arrest. Police are still conducting interviews and information but are certain Leichmon is the man that pulled the trigger.

“We have been gathering evidence in the case. I don’t want to say right now but it does show that he is the person responsible for this,” Magnolia Police Chief, Todd Dew said.

Leichmon is currently being held in the Columbia County jail. A bond has not yet been set.

“There will be another hearing problem mid to late next week. He has requested to hire an attorney instead of having one appointed,” Chief Dew said.

Tonight on FOX14 at 9 pm and NBC10 at 10 pm hear from some of the victim’s family members and friends.


UPDATE: MAGNOLIA, Ark. (12/5/20) — 2:46 PM – A 16-year-old male has been arrest for another teen in Magnolia Friday night.

According to Magnolia polce, a 16-year-old man was was shot in the chest Friday night at the Preston partments on Renfroe Street in Magnolia around 11 p.m.

The victim was taken to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injury.

On December 5, investigators say a Camden Police Officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been reported stolen this morning which led to the arrest of a potential homicide suspect.

Authorities say this traffic stop led to the discovery of evidence involving the Magnolia homicide on Dec. 4, 2020 and a 16-year-old male juvenile was arrested. His name has yet to be released by police.

This investigation is on-going.


MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 12/5/20 — The Magnolia Police Department is investigating a shooting that killed one teenager.

According to Chief Todd Dew, officers responded to a reported shooting at the Preston Apartments just before 11 p.m. on December 4.

Officers arrived and found a 16-year-old victim who had suffered a gunshot wound and later passed away as a result of that injury. Chief Dew says they can’t release a name because the victim is a juvenile.

This is still a developing story. If you have any information about this incident, you can contact the Magnolia Police Department.

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