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Youngstown teens may face life in prison after conviction in 2011 murder of Adkins

Published: Wed, June 20, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.





By John W. Goodwin Jr.



More than a dozen family members and friends openly cried when a judge announced two teen boys had been found guilty of aggravated murder.

Deandre M. McCreary, 16, of West Woodland Avenue, and Rayshawn Royal, 17, of Cohasset Drive, were convicted Tuesday of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery with gun specifications in the June 18, 2011, fatal shooting of Brandon Adkins.

The trial was before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The 12-member jury — eight women and four men — began deliberations Monday afternoon, then resumed early Tuesday morning. The verdict was announced about 10:40 a.m.

McCreary and Royal could be sentenced to life imprisonment. They will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. today.

Royal and McCreary sat without emotion as Judge Sweeney read each count and the guilty finding of the jury. A group of supporters of the boys attended each day of the trial, but neither of the convicted teens acknowledged the spectators after the verdict was read.

Those sitting in the courtroom acted orderly and said nothing as the verdict was read, but as deputies placed the two boys in handcuffs several people could be seen and heard sobbing. One woman became so emotional she could barely stand to leave the courtroom.

None of the supporters of the convicted teens wanted to speak with reporters.

Police found Adkins, 16, of East Philadelphia Avenue, a Chaney High School student, lying in the driveway of a house in the 3100 block of South Avenue, shot in the back, abdomen and right forearm and surrounded by a large crowd. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case against the two teens weighed heavily on the testimony of three female teenagers who witnessed the shooting.

The teen witnesses said Royal and McCreary, wearing hooded sweatshirts, met Adkins in the South Avenue driveway, pulled out guns and demanded he empty his pockets. He said the two defendants gave Adkins five seconds to do so, then opened fire.

One witness also said one of the teens stopped long enough to pick up shell casings before fleeing the scene of the shooting.

Defense lawyers Anthony Meranto and Jeffrey Limbian, representing the defendants, said the police department performed a subpar investigation, and the witnesses were not reliable because two of the three witnesses have poor vision and at least one was smoking marijuana just before the shooting.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years ago

Always violence in the 'hood...

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2DwightK(1535 comments)posted 4 years ago

Where are their parents? Why were two teens allowed to have guns, smoke dope and run around unsupervised?

It's too late for tears.

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3CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years ago

Life in prison to the (dis)honorable Maureen Sweeney means about three years to the rest of us. These fine young lads will be out gallavanting with the old crew and upping the body count in Youngstown again in 2015.

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years ago


"These boys have close families and plenty of supporters."

Can't have that much support if there walking the streets with guns and using them. Wouldn't be in this situation if they really cared for them, now would they?

"The trial and the verdict have been a traumatic experience for them. The prison time will take a toll on their family in many ways."

Traumatic Experience? Are you serious? What about the family and friends of Brandon Adkins! There without him, where these 2 useless cockroaches are still living and breathing. Traumatic Experience, get serious, smh at such stupidity in society!

"Their attorneys will be doing their best to get them released in the least possible time to lessen the impact of their incarceration on those who love and support them."

Why? So they can go back to there gang banging ways and kill another person or persons?

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5JquanJigabooJohnson(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

These boys need to be punished to the full extent of the law. What they did was cold blooded and heartless. God bless the family and friends of Adkins, and protect the witnesses for letting the truth be known.

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