By joe gorman
Detective Sgt. Darryl Martin said determination was what led to the indictment Thursday of a man accused of the December murder of a man whose bones were found on the East Side in February.
A Mahoning County grand jury indicted 22-year-old Kevon Williams of Eastern Avenue in Campbell on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of 26-year-old David Jackson.
Jackson had been missing since late last November until a man’s dog on Vaughn Avenue in the Sharon Line neighborhood found his skull in February. Other dogs belonging to the same owner found more bones that were identified as Jackson’s. The coroner’s office was able to identify the partial skeleton in March through dental records.
Martin, lead investigator on the case, said he was discouraged at the task of finding out who may have killed Jackson because of the circumstances surrounding his death and discovery. But he said that he was able to get enough information during the past months to put together a case against Williams and get an indictment.
“You just keep working them [the cases],” Martin said. “Stuff just comes in. You keep at it.”
Williams is currently serving a three-year sentence after entering guilty pleas to counts of possession of drugs and a count of selling counterfeit drugs that was handed down from common pleas court Sept. 25. In December 2011, he was part of a police standoff on Ohio Avenue on the North Side, where officers called for a domestic situation were told by a woman who got out of the apartment Williams was in that he was holding several people hostage inside.
Police surrounded the home with a SWAT team and Williams eventually was taken into custody. He entered guilty pleas in municipal court to charges of criminal trespass and inducing panic and was given a 180-day jail sentence with credit for 72 days served.
Martin said the case is a complicated one and he could not give a motive right away when asked.
“It’s convoluted,” he said.