Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man suspected of fatally shooting his 2-year-old son in the head during a dispute with the child's mother is being held on $3 million bond.
Twenty-three-year-old Derrice (deh-REES') Alexander made an initial court appearance Thursday. He was represented by public defender Kathleen DeMetz, who says Alexander had been jailed on suicide watch, though she wasn't sure whether that designation would continue.
Alexander is charged with aggravated murder. DeMetz declined to comment on Alexander's condition, citing the possibility he could be indicted and would be represented by a different attorney.
Police allege Alexander fired into the window of a home from outside during a dispute early on Tuesday. Police say the boy apparently was standing on a staircase landing and was struck. He died at a hospital.