Ohio Ex-Con Charged In Cleveland Girl's Death Has Court Date


UPDATED: Thursday January 23, 2014 8:54 AM

The ex-con charged with aggravated murder in the Cleveland shooting of a 5-year-old girl is set to have an initial court appearance as the child's family plans a vigil in her honor.

Jermani Brooks was shot in the head Sunday while sitting in a vehicle with her mother, who was wounded.

A hearing for the suspect, 32-year-old Geoffrey Gurkovich, was postponed until Thursday. No attorney for him was listed in court records detailing the charge.

Police allege Gurkovich intended to shoot a man who got into an argument with his girlfriend. They say Jermani apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Relatives planned a vigil Thursday evening, on what would have been her sixth birthday.

Her mother has been hospitalized in fair condition.

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