Jamar Houser faces third arrest after dismissal of death penalty case


A man who once faced the death penalty for the murder of an elderly woman in the parking lot of a South Side church has been arrested for the third time since those charges were dropped.

Jamar Houser, 23, of Volney Road, is in the Mahoning County jail after being arrested Wednesday evening on a charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

He is expected to be arraigned in municipal court Friday. He could face additional charges, pending the outcome of a gunshot residue test.

Houser was arrested in a driveway in the 3000 block of Hudson Avenue after police were called to the South Side to investigate a report that Houser was firing shots at someone from a car. A handgun was found in the driver’s seat of the car Houser was driving, reports said.

Jamar Houser had been charged with the Jan. 23, 2010, murder of Angeline Fimognari, 80, of Sheridan Road, in the parking lot of St. Dominic Church on the South Side and could have faced the death penalty if convicted. However, in May 2012, those charges were dropped after a palm print found at the crime scene was matched to another person, who had been shot and killed after Fimognari’s murder.

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