Accused killer of boy cries in court


Accused killer of boy cries in court

YOUNGSTOWN

Shawn Wilson is facing the death penalty for allegedly gunning down an 8-year-old boy as he slept in his bed, but the 21-year-old man did not have the appearance of a killer as he stood before a common pleas court judge Friday.

Wilson, shackled and wearing handcuffs, began crying moments before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum took the bench and did not stop throughout the entire hearing. Deputies had to hand the accused killer tissue as he struggled to compose himself.

Wilson is charged in connection with the murder of Bryce Linebaugh, killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 20 as he slept in a bunk bed at his Maplewood Court home in Rockford Village on the city’s East Side. A grand jury indicted Wilson on an aggravated murder charge with death penalty specifications.

Atty. Ronald Yarwood, representing Wilson, and assistant County Prosecutors Rebecca Doherty and Dawn Cantalamessa were in court for rulings on pretrial motions from the defense and prosecution.

For more on this story see Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.

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