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Bryant gets 2nd attorney in capital case

Accused in shooting of Struthers 4-year-old

YOUNGSTOWN — Kimonie Bryant had his first hearing Friday in front of the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge who will hear his aggravated murder case.

Bryant during the proceeding waived his right to a speedy jury trial. It means his Nov. 30 trial will be reset, though no new hearing or trial dates were available late Friday.

Bryant, 24, of Struthers, is charged in the Sept. 21 shooting death of Rowan Sweeney, 4, in the home on Perry Street in Struthers where Rowan lived with his mother, Alexis Schneider, 22.

Bryant is accused of shooting Andre McCoy, 20, and Yarnell Green Jr., 30, shortly after entering the home at about 2 a.m., then approaching the boy, who was on a couch with his mother, Alexis Schneider, 22. He was asleep when Bryant entered the home, prosecutors said, but it’s not known whether he was awake when he was shot.

Police have said Rowan’s mother covered Rowan and begged Bryant not to shoot him, but Bryant did. Bryant also is accused of shooting Schneider and Cassandra Marsicola.

Bryant’s charges make him eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted of aggravated murder and certain specifications. Because of that, Judge John Durkin appointed a second attorney, Lynn Maro, to represent Bryant. Attorney John Juhasz was appointed earlier to represent Bryant.

Various notifications about the case and appointments have been sent to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Bryant remains in the Mahoning County jail without eligibility to make bond. There was no discussion during Friday’s hearing on whether his attorneys will ask Durkin to set bond.

In addition to the charges related to Rowan’s death, Bryant also was indicted on four counts of attempted murder and four counts of felonious assault in the shootings of the four adults.

A sizable number of people attended Friday’s hearing.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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