Witnesses sought in Jackson trial in Akron, testimony resumes Wednesday

AKRON — Jurors in the murder trial of Jamelle Jackson will return at 9 a.m. Wednesday to the Summit County Courthouse.

Jackson, 20, is charged with the shooting that killed one person and wounded 11 others at a house party near Youngstown State University last year.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Comon Pleas Court sent the jurors home at 11:30 a.m. today after telling them the lawyers were still trying "to locate a witness or two."

Jackson is on trial here for the murder of Jamail Johnson, a 25-year-old YSU senior, and for 11 counts of felonious assault in the Feb. 6, 2011, shooting at the house party on Indiana Avenue.

Two defense witnesses testified this morning. Dylan Thomas, a YSU student, testified he saw two people pull guns from their waistbands and both fired a combined total of at least 15 shots before running from the scene.

Another witness, Adam Madej, of Boardman, who was a YSU student when the shooting occurred, said he saw two men backing up as the shots were fired, but he saw only one gun. Neither man was able to identify the shooters.

The trial was moved out of Youngstown because of pretrial publicity.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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