Paige, Fletcher indicted in killing over electricity theft

Staff report


A Mahoning County grand jury has indicted Michael Paige, 20, and his cousin, Jasmin Fletcher, 21, on charges related to the March 1 shooting death of 31-year-old Munir Blake.

Fletcher and Blake were neighbors in a duplex on Lora Avenue on the city’s North Side.

Paige, of Bennington Avenue, was indicted Thursday on an aggravated murder charge with a firearm specification and a tampering with evidence charge, which refers to the firearm.

If convicted of aggravated murder, he faces 23 years to life in prison.

Fletcher was indicted on a firearm-related evidence-tampering charge and an obstructing-justice charge alleging she lied for the purpose of hindering the homicide investigation.

Blake confronted Fletcher over her alleged theft of his electricity, police said. During the confrontation, Paige shot Blake, police said.

Originally, Fletcher was accused of the shooting, but Paige surrendered to police, who said he admitted firing the fatal shots.

The aggravated-murder charge alleges Paige killed Blake “purposely and with prior calculation and design.”

Blake’s death was Youngstown’s sixth homicide of 2012.

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