Prosecutor: Jamelle Jackson was one of 2 who fired guns at house party near YSU

AKRON — Jamelle Jackson and Columbus Jones turned a fistfight deadly on Feb. 6, 2011, at a house party near Youngstown State University, a prosecutor told jurors this morning in her summation.

"There is not one piece of evidence that points to anyone else other than Jamelle Jackson and Columbus Jones shooting guns that night," Rebecca Doherty, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor, said today in Jackson's trial.

Jackson, 20, of West Boston Avenue, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Jamail Johnson, a 25-year-old YSU senior. He is also charged with 11 counts of felonious assault in the wounding of 11 others by gunfire at the Indiana Avenue house party.

Jones, 24, formerly of Cambridge Avenue, was earlier convicted of the murder and felonious assaults and sentenced to 92 years in prison.

In his closing arguments, defense lawyer John Ams cited inconsistencies in testimony from prosecution witnesses concerning the attire worn by the shooters and the details of the events of the fight at the party. And he also cited the criminal records of some of those witnesses.

Ams also said none of the evidence in the case was recovered in a police search of Jackson's residence.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court was to instruct the jurors this afternoon on the law they are to apply in the case before they began their deliberations.

The judge moved Jackson's trial to Summit County due to pretrial publicity.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and

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