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DNA played major role in Campbell killing case



Published: Sat, May 28, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

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DNA has been an “amazing” tool and has helped police identify suspects in major crimes, including the murder of a young man last summer, says Detective Sgt. John Rusnak.

Anthony Harrison, 20, of Chambers Street was shot at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 6 on Tremble Avenue near 13th Street while he and a friend were walking home from a church festival. Police have said the motive was likely robbery. The friend was shot in the leg.

Dreon Williams, 18, of Eliot Lane on Youngstown’s East Side, was arrested in the killing in March. Prosecutors are deliberating whether to charge him as a juvenile or an adult because he was 17 when the murder occurred.

His brother, Dionte Robinson, 19, also of Eliot Lane, was indicted in the slaying Thursday. He’ll be arraigned June 7.

Police found two sweat jackets and two handguns behind a building on Tremble on the night of the killing. They gave the evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

The BCII’s tests showed DNA on some of the evidence was a match to Williams, whose DNA was on file because of felonies he committed as a juvenile, Rusnak said.

Rusnak said an informant told police that Williams’ brother was also involved in the killing.

“So we obtained DNA from him,” Rusnak said.

“DNA was able to link this whole case,” he added.


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1Wapiti(139 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

He acted like an adult, charge him as an adult. Pond scum like this should never be allowed on the streets again.

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2Doctore(52 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

It sure is a good thing the Police controlled the scene and were able to locate evidence! Or did we forget all of the cop bashing that occurred after this incident?

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3valleyresident(24 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Great job by the Campbell PD for collecting the evidence after all the thug friends of the victim caused a riot and tried to comprimise the scene,

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4steelermom(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

It is amazing that the police department was able to do anything at all that night. I have lived in Campbell for 20 years and have never seen such a wonderful Police Department. Does anyone remember how great they were when we had that horrific crash last spring? They went above and beyond the call of duty when the coroner's office did nothing until the next business day. Campbell PD rocks!!

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5Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

"The BCII’s tests showed DNA on some of the evidence was a match to Williams, whose DNA was on file because of felonies he committed as a juvenile, Rusnak said."

And people complain about getting DNA from criminals just charged with a felony.

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