Man suspected of murder in death of Michigan man.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A Youngstown man, already in trouble with the law for a previous shooting, has been indicted in a murder that took place on the East Side in November.

Officers found 28-year-old Oneil Williams of Pontiac, Mich., dead inside the two-story home on Atkinson Avenue on Nov. 20. He had been shot multiple times.

Since that shooting, police had been looking for the gunman, who remained unidentified until an indictment for murder was released this week. Jamel R. Smith, 20, of Youngstown, likely will be arraigned in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in two weeks.

When officers arrived at the Atkinson house about 5:30 a.m. that morning, they found a man and a woman who both live at the house sitting in a 2002 Cadillac outside. The man inside the car got out and escorted officers into the house.

Responding officers walked to a rear bedroom where they found Williams motionless in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the side of his head. A report from the Mahoning County coroner’s office says Williams died from gunshot wounds to the head, chest and abdomen.

Next to Williams’ body, police found a small scale, a cellphone, suspected marijuana and two spent shell casings.

Sources have said the shooting appears to be tied to a fight over a female.

Smith already is going through the court system on another case involving a gun in 2011. He is charged with felonious assault and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

County records show Smith is scheduled to enter a plea in the 2011 felony charges in February.

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