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6th suspect to be arraigned in killing near YSU



Published: Tue, February 22, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police say they believe Mark Jones was actively involved in the Feb. 6 shootings at a house party on Indiana Avenue just north of Youngstown State University.

Jones, 20, of Cambridge Avenue, is in Mahoning County jail on murder and felonious-assault charges, having surrendered to police Monday morning accompanied by his lawyer Sam Amendolara.

Jones is the sixth man charged in the shootings, and he is a brother of Columbus Jones Jr., 22, of the same Cambridge Avenue address, who a county grand jury indicted last week on charges of murder, firing a gun at or into a habitation, and 11 counts of felonious assault, with firearm specifications.

“He was actively involved,” Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said of Mark Jones on Monday. Police believe Mark Jones was armed at the shooting scene, but Hughes declined to say if Mark Jones fired a gun there or provide any other details of the case. “The investigation is ongoing,” the chief added.

Hughes said Mark Jones may have his video arraignment in municipal court today or Wednesday, and that authorities hope to make a direct presentment of the case soon to the grand jury.

Jamail Johnson, a 25-year-old YSU student, was killed, and 11 others were wounded in the 3:30 a.m. gunfire.

The others charged in the case are Demetrius Wright, 20, of West Avondale Avenue, and Jamelle Jackson, 18, of West Boston Avenue, who the grand jury indicted last week on charges of carrying concealed weapons, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

The grand jury last week also indicted Brandon Carter, 22, of East Ravenwood Avenue, on a felony charge of obstruction of justice.

Braylon Rogers, 19, of East Lucius Avenue, initially was charged with aggravated murder and 11 counts of felonious assault, but those charges against him were dismissed when he pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to a felony charge of illegal possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced for that crime at a later date.

Rogers posted $500 bond and was released from county jail last week. He has promised prosecutors he’ll testify against the other defendants.

Columbus Jones Jr. originally was charged with aggravated murder, but the grand jury declined to indict on that charge, deciding instead to indict on the lesser charge of murder.

To convict him of aggravated murder, which would carry a potential sentence of life in prison or death, a trial jury would have to be convinced he killed “with prior calculation and design,” county Prosecutor Paul J. Gains explained.

The grand jurors indicted only on the murder charge because they weren’t convinced the evidence would support prior calculation and design, he said. A murder conviction carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, with three additional years for a gun specification.


Comments

1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

How many Hoodrats does it take to gun down a 25 year old college student at a frat party? Six and counting. What a sad state of dis-affairs Youngstown is in!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

It will be interesting to see how a jury in Youngstown will treat these six pillars of the culture .

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3Photoman(1000 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Something seems to be missing in my view of this situation. Am I to understand that this all came about because someone was forced to leave a frat party? If so, why would six other people come back shooting? Is this some kind of gang activity? Chief Hughes didn't mention anything like that. Something seems to be missing.

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4seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

This is typical ghetto cowards rolling in a tribe, unable to handle a situation one-on-one and w/o weapons. A good a-- kicking is in order, followed by their executions with all the witnesses (and those "I ain't seen nothin" witnesses) watching as these bangers go down. Justice served...

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5areyoupeopleserious(9 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

You know whats missing? THE TRUTH!!! Doesn't it seem convient that they keep getting all these so called suspects but they don't have any evidence to support it? And every day the shooter is a different person! I want justice for this young mans life not some thrown together case to make the idiots of the YPD look good to the media and the city!

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

Seriously? 6th suspect? Let 1 out on bond last week so he will be back on the streets......What the hell is going on? @Photoman, I agree this is some sort of gang activity and I am sure there is more people involved.....nothing adds up anymore to this story adn it's funny how YPD can't figure this one out

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7redvert(2058 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I would be one of the first to commend the people at the party for identifying the shooters so quickly. Usually the "I ain't seen nothin" defense kicks in. I think the witnesses and the police know who the shooter or shooters were. The ID's are not being released for reasons unknown at this time.

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8redvert(2058 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Might add that the one that has been released that is gonna testify is probably puckered up so tight you couldn't drive a grain of oats up his rectum with a sledhammer!

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9Mavis(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Holy mother of god...the grand jury didn't see that these idiots LEFT and brought BACK guns as premeditated MURDER i.e. "calculated and design?" Seriously, wtf? Had the bangers brought the guns to the frat party in the first place, it would have been manslaughter. The fact they left, went and got weapons and their buddies and came BACK and shot the place up makes it

PREMEDITATED, CALCULATED and DESIGNED!

Jeezus!!!! Let me get on a grand jury. I'll show these idiot moron freak rejects a thing or two about law...

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10JAQUALA88(17 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

ONE THING THAT HURTS MY HEART IS NOT ONLY DO I KNOW THE VICTIM BUT I EITHER KNOW OR WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE 6 SUSPECTS WOW THIS IS CRAZY

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