Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect accused of going on crime spree

Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect accused of going on crime spree (Photo: WRGT/WKEF)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- A murder suspect appeared before a judge after allegedly going on a crime spree last week.

Joshua Beall appeared in Montgomery County Court via teleconference Monday. He's facing two counts of murder, attempted murder, two counts of assault as well as weapons and robbery charges.

Beall tried to plead no contest.

"Sir, I'm not going to let you plead no contest on a murder charge," said Judge Carl S. Henderson. "It's not going to happen."

Dayton Police believe Beall killed Donald Armstrong III in a shooting at an apartment on Maryland Avenue last Wednesday.

FOX 45 spoke exclusively with Alex Vasquez, a friend of Armstrong and the person who lived in the apartment where the shooting happened.

"I still don't know [what happened]," Vasquez said. "You heard one shot, and then there was a couple foul languages that came out, and then there was a couple more shots."

Vasquez said Beall and another woman, Casey Cole, were in the bedroom that Armstrong walked into before he was shot. He said Beall came out of the room after the shots and pointed the gun at him but didn't shoot.

Beall and Cole were eventually caught by police after the stolen car they were in flipped during a brief chase in Sharonville. They're believed to be responsible for bank robberies in the area. Cole is also in custody, charged with the robbery of an Oakwood bank. She's not facing charges tied to the murder of Armstrong, or in the chase, but the prosecutor's office said that could change.

Beall is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear back in court Friday.

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