Pair on trial for house shooting
By Joe Gorman
Jurors in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court began hearing testimony Tuesday in the case of a man and woman charged with shooting up a South Side home after an argument over a car repair.
Jurors first visited the 220 Pasadena Ave. home on the South Side that Summer Romeo, 36, and Tiant Bright, 38, are accused of shooting up Dec. 5, 2012. No one was injured.
They are charged with two counts each of felonious assault, and Bright faces an additional charge of discharging a firearm into a habitation.
Visiting Judge H.F. Inderlied is hearing the case.
Police were called to the home about 10:15 p.m. the night of the shooting, where several people inside told them they had fixed Romeo’s SUV earlier in the day and she was upset, claiming they broke the dipstick used to check the oil and wanted her money back. After she left, a man later identified as Bright came and there was another argument. Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews said in his opening statement that Bright threatened the people in the home.
“There are threats that they’re going to come back and shoot up the house,” Andrews said.
Andrews said Romeo returned about 7:50 p.m. with Bright in her SUV, and he fired several shots at the home. Bright came back about 45 minutes later by himself and fired more shots, then met up with Romeo in her SUV. Romeo then drove Bright and possibly one or two other men back to the home, where they went in the backyard and fired several shots, some of which struck the home and went inside, Andrews said.
Police found the SUV at a nearby gas station shortly after the last shooting and arrested Romeo. Bright turned himself in to police a few days later when he learned he was a suspect.
Jeff Limbian, Bright’s attorney, said he will prove to jurors his client was not there that night. He said Bright was helping family members move his sister from her home on the West Side.
“He had nothing to do with the events of Dec. 12,” Limbian said. “He wasn’t there.”
Limbian said Bright had taken Romeo to the home about a month before to buy pills, but that was the only time he was ever there.
Ed Hartwig, attorney for Romeo, told jurors there is no evidence showing her client ever fired a gun that night and also that police only have evidence from the last shooting of the evening.
Hartwig said he will not contest that Romeo was at the home earlier in the day and did argue with the people there over the repairs to her SUV, but there is no evidence his client took part in any shooting.
“That does not show in any way that she was involved in anything that occurred later,” Hartwig said.