PUBLSIHED: May 23, 2017
BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter
A former Harrison High School basketball standout was found shot to death in the 400 block of South Morton Avenue, between Cherry and Walnut streets, on Tuesday morning, according to the city police.
Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear identified the deceased as Deniko L. Scott, 22, of Evansville. Scott played high school basketball at Harrison, graduated in 2013 and was named second team All-Metro and an honorable mention for all-state from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association his senior year.
No arrests have been announced.
The initial call to police about a person down came in at 8:10 a.m.
Sgt. Jason Cullum, Evansville police spokesman, said Scott sustained at least one gunshot wound.
An autopsy completed Wednesday found Scott died from a single gunshot wound to the head. His death will be ruled a homicide, Lockyear said.
Court records showed Scott had several scrapes with law enforcement beginning in 2016, including a conviction for carrying a handgun without a license. He had a pending misdemeanor marijuana charge from April and was scheduled to stand trial in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court on June 30 for a felony domestic battery charge filed in October 2016.
In September 2016, he received a 90-day suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and resisting law enforcement. In April 2016, Scott was given a year of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of carrying a handgun without a license and marijuana possession stemming from a January 2016 arrest.
Tracy Smith, Jr. said he met Scott in 2006 at McGary Middle School. The two attended high school together and played basketball.
“Never a dull moment with him,” Smith said. “He could keep you laughing without even trying to. He would always have your back. He was honestly a good fella. He looked out for the people he cared about.”
Reporters Tori Fater, Mark Wilson and Pat Hickey contributed to the story.
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