2 Men Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of 15-Year-Old Hero Zaevion Dobson


Two men have been charged with first-degree murder for the December 2015 shooting death of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson.

Zaevion, who was a football star at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, was killed protecting three girls from gunfire.

Via The Tennesseean:

A Knox County grand jury returned a 27-count indictment Wednesday against Christopher Drone Bassett and Richard Williams in Dobson’s death, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said at a news conference. She gave few specifics and answered no questions.

The indictment includes charges of first-degree murder and eight counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Christopher Bassett was arrested the morning after Dobson’s shooting on a weapons charge and had been behind bars for months. He told police he was among gang members who sprayed bullets at the house where Dobson and his friends were gathered, court records show.

Knoxville police say Bassett was with three others, including Brandon Perry, 23, when they went to Lonsdale Homes late on Dec. 17. Perry was killed hours later in a separate shooting.

The four were upset after Perry’s mother, Lisa, had been shot earlier in the night, police said.

Zaevion Dobson received received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPYs. His mother and brother accepted the award on his behalf.