Man charged in drive-by shooting death of 5-year-old Kansas girl

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Lily Coats-Nichols Lily Coats-Nichols
Jessie Deshawn Hughes Jessie Deshawn Hughes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Shawnee County authorities say a 21-year-old man has been charged with killing a 5-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.

Jessie Deshawn Hughes, of Topeka, was charged Thursday with one count of felony first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of 5-year-old Lily Coats-Nichols. He was also charged with criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle.

Hughes is being held in the Shawnee County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.

The girl died in July 2015. Police said she was riding in a car when someone drove by and fired shots at the vehicle. Lily was hit in the head.

Two adults -- including Lily's mother -- also were traveling in the targeted vehicle.
 

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