Trial underway in 2017 homicide

YOUNGSTOWN — Jury selection is under way in the trial of a man accused in a 2017 homicide.

Gregory James, 38, faces multiple charges that stem from the March 24, 2017 murder of Ronald Lewis, 40, who was shot to death as he laid in bed with his wife.

Lewis’ wife sustained more than 10 gunshot wounds but survived the ordeal.

Police testifed that before he died, Lewis told them his brother Javel Bates, who died two days before Lewis was killed, had identified James as the person who shot Bates.

No one has been charged in the Bates homicide.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum ordered James held without bail in March after prosecutors argued that James had a motive to kill Lewis and other witnesses may be in danger.

Judge Krichbaum is presiding over the trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

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