OU Student Charged in River Park Shooting Waives Preliminary Hearing

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ATHENS, OH — The case of an Ohio University student accused of crimes related to the death of a Cincinnati man last month at River Park Towers is heading to a grand jury.

John Michael Fults-Ganey, 21, of Athens waived his preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Athens County Municipal Court, according to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

He is charged with one count of murder and one count of complicity to aggravated burglary.

On the night of May 26, police responded to a reported shooting at 36 N. McKinley Ave., apartment 810, and found Markel Morrison, 22, dead outside of the residence.

Investigators claim Morrison attempted to gain entrance into the apartment to commit a burglary and settle a drug debt, but was shot by one of the residents and later died.

Fults-Ganey is accused of driving Morrison to River Park Towers with full knowledge he intended to commit a burglary.

After the shooting, he is said to have waited outside for a short time before driving to a nearby bar and then to the Athens Police Department to turn himself in.

He was arraigned on May 27 and sent to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, where he currently remains on $1 million bond.

There is no timeline for Fults-Ganey’s case to be presented to a grand jury currently because the case remains under investigation.

No other arrests have been made related to the case.