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Pretrial rulings made in Houser case

Published: Tue, November 23, 2010 @ 12:02 a.m.


Jamar Houser

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



The jury selected for the trial of a man accused of killing an 80-year-old woman will not hear about his legal problems as a child or charges claiming he was a felon in possession of a gun.

Jamar Houser, 19, of Volney Road, appeared Monday before Judge Lou D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial hearing in the murder case that could cost him his life. Houser was indicted in March on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and illegal possession of weapon. The charges have death-penalty specifications.

Houser is charged in the Jan. 23 murder of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side. Fimognari was shot in the head. Her purse was missing, leading police to believe she was a victim of robbery turned deadly.

Houser is being held in the Mahoning County Justice Center.

Judge D’Apolito ruled on several motions by the defense including a motion to separate the gun charge from the remaining charges in the indictment, to not prejudice jurors against Houser by mentioning previous crimes. Judge D’Apolito said separating gun charges in cases such as Houser’s is standard practice.

Judge D’Apolito also granted the defense a motion to eliminate any information about Houser’s juvenile criminal record.

The case is moving forward with representatives from the defense and the state planning to witness DNA testing associated with the case. Prosecutors are not saying what DNA is being tested.

The judge also ordered that video footage from a Shell gas station and FBI reports about video it tried to enhance from the church be turned over to the court.

Houser is due in court again March 4.


1dominoman777(57 comments)posted 4 years ago

tribal nature trumps humanity

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Houser is due in court again March 4."

Let's hope that the jury is repulsed enough to give him the death sentence !

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3Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years ago

I dont mind them shielding the juvenile criminal record of someone 40 years old that has stay out of trouble for his adult life.
But he is 19 we can take in account what type of crap he was up to 2 years ago.

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4Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years ago

".......will not hear about his legal problems as a child or charges claiming he was a felon in possession of a gun."

And only 19 years old. Unbelievable.

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5WChambers(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

This town of ours is a lberal/commie bastion. I am afraid that post-juvenile monster and St. Dominic's parking lot murderer will walk and terrorize our streets again. The 31 y.o black man shot recently (in his white Cadillac) in Weschester Executive apartments in Austintown had been convicted earlier for home invasion, during which he shot a 13 month old girl and her mother. He got six years, but was free and runnig amok again five years later. "Operation Ceasefire" has been an abject failure. Ditto "Operation Redemption" co-authored by JayW-Fr. Maturi-chief Double Dippy Doodle-former-D.A.Cordroy. (Loosers all)

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

WChambers :

The legitamacy of offensive lifestyles is a known fact nationwide . Here in the Valley they are viewed as counter culture and are thriving . Society is forced to tolerate them . Coexistence is the goal set by the leaders of Youngstown .

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7steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years ago

The jury selected for the trial of a man accused of killing an 80-year-old woman will not hear about his legal problems as a child or charges claiming he was a felon in possession

Good!! does that also mean we'll be spared hearing any sob story about how difficult his childhood was and how the poor young fellow just couldn't help rob and kill a defensless old woman ?

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