Bond set on murder charge

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A Mahoning County judge set bond for a Youngstown man charged with a murder on the East Side late last year, but he still will not get out of jail without posting a significant amount of cash.

Jamel Smith, 20, of Kimmel Street, appeared Wednesday before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a bond hearing. There was no bond set on the murder charge at the time of his arraignment.

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

Judge Sweeney set Smith’s bond at $250,000. He would need to post $25,000 to be released.

Judge Sweeney also imposed other sanctions on Smith should he post the necessary funds to be released.

Smith would be placed on electronically monitored house arrest, be allowed no contact with the family of his victim or anyone involved in the case, and he cannot be in or around the East Side area where the killing took place.

When officers arrived at the Atkinson house about 5:30 a.m. the morning of the killing, 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.

Officers walked to a 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 county coroner’s office says Williams died from gunshot wounds to the head, chest and abdomen.

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