Two years ago, police said, Dravein “Pop” Duke murdered a 7-year-old boy in the crossfire of a brazen daylight drive-by shooting in Richmond Heights.
Late Thursday, on the eve of a key court hearing, prosecutors slapped him with a new case — this time, he’s accused of shooting a motorist who wound up paralyzed from the neck down.
Duke, 20, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting of a man who was parked on the 10500 block of 152nd Street in August 2015. The motive for the shooting was unclear, but the victim identified Duke after the man made the news over the killing of the boy.
Duke and co-defendant Maxwell Trewin are awaiting trial for the December 2015 killing of Amiere Castro. A first-grader at Coral Reef Elementary, Amiere was visiting relatives inside a Richmond Heights home when a hail of assault-rifle bullets hit the house, one round hitting him in the head.
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Amiere’s 12-year-old brother witnessed his brother’s killing.
Prosecutors say Duke was the gunman targeting one of Amiere’s relatives inside the house after an argument over a drug deal. Duke and Trewin were set to appear in court Monday so a judge could hear whether there is enough evidence to keep them behind bars before trial.
Duke’s lawyer, Richard Gregg, said he was “shocked” that prosecutors filed the charge right before the bail hearing.
“We fully intend to investigate each and every allegation,” Gregg said Friday.