Brian Lee Hall has been charged with murder in the Saturday shooting death of Demetrius Dennis.
Court documents outline a violent encounter Saturday night at a home in the 400 block of West Central Avenue in Spokane.
Hall is the ex-boyfriend of a woman with whom Dennis had been living in the home. Dennis and the woman had a 2-month-old child together.
The woman told police that Dennis answered a knock at the couple’s door to find Hall outside. She said Hall raised a handgun and shot Dennis once in the chest. He then pointed the gun at her as she held the infant, but he did not shoot, according to court records.
Police arrested Hall at a local motel.
Police found Dennis in the home’s backyard, shot in the chest.
His Facebook profile indicates Dennis was hosting a house party at the home on Saturday night. He claimed to be the co-founder and CEO of a company called Kush Kingz Entertainment that hosted house parties and concerts and sold marijuana, according to his social media accounts.
The co-owner of Kush Kingz, Dee Hampton, said Dennis was always willing to help others.
“He would have given you his shirt off his back,” Hampton said.
Dennis’ cousin Kimberly Hampton said the shooting had nothing to do with Dennis’ business. Instead, she said, Hall was angry that Dennis was dating Hall’s ex-girlfriend. Kimberly Hampton is married to Dee Hampton.
“That man took away a father, a brother,” she said. “They were in love … you can see the love that they had.”
Dee Hampton said Hall punched Dennis in his face about six months ago while walking downtown and slashed Dennis’ girlfriend’s car tires.
“The guy was on the go,” Dee Hampton said of Dennis. “He really cut him down in the middle of his rise and it was nothing to do with who he was. It was really a clear case of domestic violence.”
Hall is being held on a $1 million bond.
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