Jurors to deliberate in East Side murder case


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Jurors are expected to deliberate today after a murder trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court was completed in less than two days.

Gregory James, 37, is charged with aggravated murder and attempted murder in the March 24, 2017, shooting death of Ronald Lewis, 40, inside his Atkinson Avenue home on the East Side.

Lewis’ wife was injured in the same shooting.

Jurors were picked Monday by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum and testimony began shortly after, wrapping up late Tuesday morning.

Closing arguments followed and then the jury was instructed in the law before being sent home Tuesday evening.

A Cuyahoga County medical examiner testified Tuesday that Lewis had at least 16 gunshot wounds.

Dr. Thomas Gilson, who performed the autopsy on Lewis, said he was shot from “head to trunk” as he was sleeping in his bed next to his wife, who was shot 10 times but survived.

James is also a suspect in the death of Lewis’ brother, Javell Bates, who was shot March 8, 2017, on Josephine Avenue and died two days before Lewis was killed, but he has not been charged in that case.

Prosecutors have said that Lewis was killed because his brother told him before he died that James shot him, and James did not want Lewis to be a witness.

Prosecutors said James and another man broke into Lewis’ house and shot him and his wife.

Police have yet to arrest another person in the death of Lewis.

Samuel Troyer, a forensic scientist for the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, also testified about DNA found at the crime scene.

Prosecutors have said that James’ DNA was found on a kitchen window at the home, a window used by the people who shot Lewis and his wife to get inside the home, according to police.

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