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One charged in connection with murder

Woman accused of obstructing justice during search for man

YOUNGSTOWN — Jasmine M. Jackson, 24, who was arrested with murder defendant Robert L. Shelton, 44, Tuesday, has been charged in Girard Municipal Court with felony obstruction of justice in connection with the arrest.

She is being held in the Mahoning County Adult Justice Center without eligibility to make bond on another charge.

According to Girard Municipal Court records, the Liberty Police Department charged her with obstructing justice on Wednesday. She has not been arraigned. If convicted, she could get several years in prison.

According to online court records for Struthers Municipal Court, Judge Dominic Leone ordered her held without bond during a hearing Wednesday in that court.

Leone issued an arrest warrant for her Jan. 3 for failure to appear in Struthers Municipal Court on a probation violation related to a drug case from November 2016.

She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of controlled substances in early 2017, then pleaded guilty to a probation violation a year ago, causing her probation to be extended one year with mandatory monthly reporting to a probation officer.

Court records do not indicate the nature of her most recent alleged probation violation.

She pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Struthers to the probation violation and was ordered held in jail without eligibility for bond. A probation-violation hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 9.

Law enforcement said Jackson would be charged with obstruction of justice in connection to Shelton’s arrest because of allegations she lied to U.S. Marshals regarding Shelton’s whereabouts when marshals entered an apartment on Townsend Avenue in Liberty, where she and Shelton were staying Tuesday. Girard court records indicate Jackson lives in the apartment complex.

Shelton was arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court Wednesday on aggravated murder charges in the early Feb. 9 shooting death of Dymond D. Ortello, 34, outside of the Brothers of Power Classic Cars Club on Logan Avenue.

Two other men who were shot to death Feb. 9 are believed to have shot each other.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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