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Five suspects appear in court in connection with toddler's murder in 2014

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Ne'Riah Miller (source: family photo) Ne'Riah Miller (source: family photo)
Michael Dunn Jr., William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber, Trey Anderson and Duwan Mason appeared in court together for the first time on Jan. 25, 2016. Michael Dunn Jr., William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber, Trey Anderson and Duwan Mason appeared in court together for the first time on Jan. 25, 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The five men accused of fatally shooting a Louisville toddler in 2014 were in court Monday.

The men are facing several charges including complicity to murder and assault. It's the first time all five suspects have appeared in court at the same time. 

Michael Dunn Jr., William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber and Trey Anderson were the first to be charged in connection with her murder; Duwan Mason was charged after police found him in Nashville in December.

Ne'Riah Miller was only 16 months old when she was shot and killed in August of 2014.

According to witness statements, a group of men fired shots at several people gathered in front of an apartment building near 37th and Market in the city's west end. Among those caught in the crossfire were Ne'Riah Miller and her mother, Cierra Twyman.

Both were sitting on the front porch of their home, and Twyman was holding Ne'Riah in her arms when they were shot. 

Her mother survived the shooting, but Ne'Riah did not.

Now that all five suspects have been charged, Ne'Riah's family says all they want now is justice. 

A pre-trial date was set for Feb. 24. 

Officials have previously said the defendants will be tried together, but Prosecutor Ryane Conroy says that could change. 

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