Jury selection begins for suspect in killing at kids’ football game
The fatal shooting took place nearly three years ago at the former South High Stadium.
YOUNGSTOWN — The man accused of shooting a man to death in front of dozens of children at a youth football game is set to go to trial.
Anthony M. Caulton, 27, of East Auburndale Avenue, appeared before visiting Judge Thomas Curran in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to begin his trial. Caulton is charged with murder in the shooting death of Larry D. Jones, 31, of Ravenwood Avenue, in 2006.
Caulton is being represented by Atty. Lynn Maro. Prosecutors handling the case are Dawn Cantalamessa and Mark Hockensmith.
The court spent the entire day Monday questioning potential jurors.
Judge Curran asked them how many remembered the 2006 shooting. More than two-thirds of those in the room acknowledged remembering the incident.
Judge Curran said he did not want answers given by any one prospective juror during juror questioning to influence the answers of other prospective jurors, so each juror would be questioned individually.
There were 54 individuals called in as prospective jurors.
Caulton is accused in the fatal shooting of Jones in front of hundreds of people at a youth football game.
Police said Caulton, also known as Anthony Pfeifer, is suspected of shooting Jones at the former South High School football stadium behind Eagle Heights Academy.
The crowd attending the game was estimated at between 500 and 800.
Witnesses told police Jones jumped over the rail onto the field to get away from the shooter, who followed, stood over Jones and fired several more shots into him before fleeing.
The shooting on the field occurred near a group of cheerleaders, some as young as 4.
Caulton fled to the Seattle area after the Aug. 19, 2006, shooting.
He was later captured and returned to the area in October of that same year.