Two others charged in shootings near YSU

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Demetrius Wright

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Jamelle Jackson

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Braylon Rogers

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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].”

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