Bill gives details of murder charge in 8-year-old’s death

By Peter H. Milliken


Shawn R. Wilson fatally shot 8-year-old Bryce Linebaugh in the head with an assault rifle after announcing his intention to shoot somebody else in the face with it, according to a bill of particulars filed Wednesday by the prosecution.

Wilson, 21, went to Maplewood Court on the city’s East Side on Aug. 20 after threatening a female neighbor of the boy by saying he would be “coming over and shooting her face off with an SKS,” according to the document that details the charges against Wilson.

The defendant “announced to several partygoers and onlookers that he was going to shoot up someone else’s house, and, as heard by another independent person, that he was going ‘to shoot [that woman’s] face off with his SK,’ just prior to the shooting,” the bill says as it details the aggravated murder charge against Wilson.

The bill was filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court by Rebecca L. Doherty and Dawn P. Cantalamessa, assistant county prosecutors, who allege Wilson acted “purposely and with prior calculation and design.”

Wilson’s capital-murder jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14 before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

Wilson, of Browning Avenue, also was charged with felonious assault because the gun he fired caused fragments of glass to be lodged in the face of Javon Harris, a 4-year-old boy, who was sleeping in the same room as Bryce, the prosecutors said.

Wilson also is charged with two counts of improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation because he purportedly fired several times into the Linebaugh residence and an adjacent occupied residence in the Rockford Village apartments.

The defendant also is charged with tampering with evidence because he allegedly hid the gun in a field behind his grandmother’s house and washed his car and clothing in an attempt to conceal gunshot residue.

Also filed Wednesday was the prosecution’s witness list, which contains 50 names, including those of representatives of the coroner’s office and 911 center, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation experts, and 20 police officers and supervisors.

A status hearing on the case will be at 9 a.m. Friday in Judge Krichbaum’s court.

Wilson remains jailed without bond.

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