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Jury selection begins in trial of man accused in '01 slaying



Published: Tue, April 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Dubose faces life imprisonment if convicted.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Jury selection is under way in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for the trial of Edward Dubose, 23, who has been charged with the aggravated murder of Marcus Bradley.

Bradley was gunned down on a South Side street in November 2001.

If convicted, Dubose faces a possibility of life imprisonment with parole eligibility after 20 years.

Dubose is represented by Atty. Anthony Meranto. Jay Macejko, an assistant county prosecutor, represents the state. Judge James C. Evans is presiding.

Opening statements and testimony are expected to begin today or Wednesday.

Investigation

Police found Bradley, also known as Marcus Moore, shot to death Nov. 12, 2001, at Mercer Avenue and Hoffman Street. Bradley had moved to Youngstown from Minnesota about a year before he was killed, police officials have said.

Police had little evidence to go on, so the investigation was difficult, Macejko said.

But while investigating another crime, agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives gleaned new information that led police to Dubose and his cousin, Ceyanie Dubose, 28, of Lora Avenue, police said. A county grand jury indicted them on the aggravated murder charge in 2003.

Police have said the Duboses had been suspects in Bradley's death for some time, but they didn't have enough evidence to seek indictments until getting information from ATF.

Macejko said Bradley's death was linked to the Oct. 31, 2001, killing of 23-year-old Hyland Burton, who was found shot several times on Tod Lane.

The prosecutor said Bradley had something to do with the Burton death, which may have, in some way, been a retaliatory murder.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum sentenced Edward Dubose to 2 1/2 years in prison in July 2003 on unrelated drug charges. He had pleaded guilty in June 2003 to charges of possession of cocaine and heroin and to illegally having a firearm.

The trial of Ceyanie Dubose is scheduled for June 13 in common pleas court.




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