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Two others charged in shootings near YSU

Published: Sat, February 12, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Demetrius Wright


Jamelle Jackson


Braylon Rogers


Columbus Jones, Jr.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Two more men believed to be connected to the off-campus shooting near Youngstown State University are sitting in Mahoning County jail.

Charges against the two men stem from the Sunday shooting on Indiana Avenue where YSU senior Jamail Johnson, 25, of Indiana Avenue, was killed. Eleven other people were injured, including a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the head and was listed in critical condition.

Demetrius Wright, 20, of West Avondale Avenue, and Jamelle Jackson, 18, of West Boston Avenue both appeared Friday via video for their arraignments before Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Wright has been charged with felony tampering with evidence. Prosecutors told the court Wright does not have a prior criminal history, but asked that his bond be $150,000 because of the connection to the high-profile shooting.

Wright appeared for court represented by Atty. Jim Melone. He said Wright’s family is of limited means but secured legal counsel and would like a bond of no more than $25,000 so that he can be released from jail and participate in his own defense.

Members of Wright’s family were in the courtroom, but left immediately after the hearing and refused to speak with the press.

Judge Douglas set bond for Wright at $100,000.

Jackson has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony. He initially said he did not understand the charge against him and asked to read the formal charge before his arraignment.

Jackson told the court he is not working and has no income. The judge ordered that an attorney would be provided for him.

Prosecutors also asked the court to place a $150,000 bond on Jackson because of the connection to the off-campus shooting near the university. Judge Douglas followed that recommendation and ordered Jackson jailed on $150,000 bond.

Braylon Rogers, 19, of East Lucius Avenue and Columbus Jones Jr., 22, of Cambridge Avenue each has been charged with aggravated murder, 11 counts of felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation in the Sunday morning shooting. They are also in the county jail with no bond.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko confirmed the connection between charges against Jackson and Wright, but he and others close to the investigation are not releasing much more information.

“Obviously there is a connection with the Feb. 6 [shooting] off the campus of YSU. I don’t want to go into too many details. We are still dealing with the search warrants served Wednesday,” he said.

Jackson was arrested during the serving of those search warrants. Representatives of the clerk of courts office said items found during the serving of those warrants is being kept under seal by court order.

Police Lt. Mark Milstead would not say exactly what connection Wright and Jackson have to the shooting, except that they were present when it took place.

“What their roles were exactly is still under investigation,” he said. “The investigation is progressing, and we are interviewing subjects. The detectives did not stop until 11 p.m. yesterday [Thursday] and we are back at it again today [Friday].”


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Four hoodrats for extermination from the Southside of Youngstown. What I don't understand is why the judge set all their bails so low? This is a high profile national news murder case and they all deserve the needle if convicted..

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


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3fcb(452 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

And the story just keeps on going. Wake up people. These pieces of garbage were suppose to be in jail from other charges when they committed these. Our local justice system sucks!!! I'll lay even money that some of these cowards commit another crime before this one is finished.

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4jsickntired(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I feel bad for their parents! Oh wait, they probably don't know their parents. Their fat white girl firends must not have been able to drive their worthlessness around that night. They need to be erased from existence! See how well welfare and public housing works!

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5southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Bond should be denied; rot in jail until trial!

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6cav0822(16 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Yes, our justice system sucks! We are going to pay for these people to sit on death row for 30 years. I say, if convicted, line them up on the side of the street and just start firing shots. Maybe some of these young adults will eventually learn and stop the violence if they know what the repercussions are. These young kids are not scared of the system at all!!!!

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