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Ravnell pleads innocent in Blackshear murder

Published: Tue, July 13, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.


Tyrell Ravnell has pleaded innocent to charges of aggravated murder with a firearm specification and illegal gun possession stemming from the June 20 shooting death of Christian Blackshear, 19, of Wirt Street.

Blackshear was shot in the head at close range with an AK47 rifle on a sidewalk in the Kirwan Homes housing project in Campbell.

Ravnell, 20, of Halleck Street, was arraigned Tuesday before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who deferred the matter of his bond to Judge John M. Durkin. A tentative trial date of Aug. 30 has been set in Judge Durkin’s court.

Ravnell’s bond had been set at $1 million on June 25 in Campbell Municipal Court.

Ravnell was previously charged with murder in the death of a woman who was shot in the Kirwan Homes in February 2008.

Diana Noble, 39, was shot there and drove herself to her Howland home, where she died.

Ravnell pleaded guilty in that case to a reduced charge of negligent homicide and improperly handling a gun in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 304 days in jail.


1mlamar(12 comments)posted 6 years ago

Lets see 304 days in jail for the first murder....Sounds like an endorsement to me....What do you get for the second murder, a new car? Thank God he wasn't selling weed...I here you can get up to 30 years hard time for that one......lol.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago


Drop the gun specifications, reduce the charge to manslaughter and put him on parole after six months in jail !

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3theword(342 comments)posted 6 years ago

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County prosecutor’s office seeks dismissal of charges against men it had charged in two murders, one in Youngstown and the other in Campbell.

“We do the best we can with what we have, but I think we could do better as a prosecutor’s office if we get a little bit better cases in hand,” said Robert E. Bush Jr., chief of the criminal division. “We’re not pointing any fingers, but we’re just saying that we may need to do a little bit better coming in the door, so we can get some better results out the door.”

on Wednesday, Kasey C. Shidel, assistant county prosecutor, filed a motion to dismiss a murder charge against Dominique Lucky in the Feb. 22, 2008, death of Diana Noble, who was shot in the abdomen near the Kirwan Homes in Campbell and driven to her Howland home, where she died.

“The state has insufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.“

Although there’s evidence Lucky was at the shooting scene, Shidel said the prosecution can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lucky “knew or had reason to know that Ms. Noble was going to be shot.”

After being shot, Noble drove herself and her live-in boyfriend to their Howland residence without realizing she had been shot in her left side, said Detective Sgt. Gus Nicolaou of the Campbell Police Department. After arriving home, Noble died of internal bleeding from the gunshot wound, the detective said.

On Jan. 28, Judge D’Apolito approved an earlier motion from Bush to drop the murder charge against another defendant in that case, Christopher J. Hill, 25, of Jackson Street, Campbell. The judge dismissed the charge against Hill without prejudice, meaning it could be filed again if new evidence surfaces.

Although the state alleges Hill provided the gun that may have been used to kill Noble three hours before she was shot, Bush sought the dismissal because he said witness testimony wouldn’t place Hill at the shooting scene.

“The witness that allegedly observed Hill provide the shooter with a firearm has been described as homeless and has been difficult to locate. At best, his testimony would be considered weak,” Bush said in his motion.

Bush said it appears police charged Hill and Lucky to induce them to cooperate in the investigation of Tyrell Ravnell, 18, of Halleck Street, Youngstown, who the prosecution alleges fatally shot Noble. Ravnell is set for a jury trial May 18.

“These guys would not offer any testimony and there was no credible evidence,” to implicate them in the murder, Bush said of Hill and Lucky.

Ravnell, the only remaining defendant, is charged with murder with a firearm specification.

Wednesday’s dismissal requests follow Tuesday’s dismissal by visiting Judge Thomas P. Curran of an aggravated murder charge against Melvin E. Johnson Jr. in the Nov. 15, 2007, shooting death of Marvin L. Hodges, also near the Kirwan Homes, after a key witness denied seeing the fatal shooting.


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