Judge: Finish DNA testing by June 30

Evidence could provide clarity in Rowan Sweeney’s killing

YOUNGSTOWN — The judge and parties in the Kimonie Bryant aggravated murder case expect to know by June 30 the results of DNA testing on evidence from the scene of the killing of Rowan Sweeney, 4.

Officials believe the DNA evidence will provide greater clarity on whether Bryant, 25, was the triggerman in the killing, and the injuring of four adults Sept. 21, 2020, at a home on Perry Street in Struthers.

There has been testimony that co-defendant Brandon L. Crump Jr. may have been the shooter.

Judge Anthony D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court signed an entry Thursday, saying the company Bode Technology will set a date for the analysis in conjunction with an expert witness for the defense, who will observe the testing at the Bode facility. The company’s forensic lab is in Lorton, Va.

By the end of this month, Bode and the expert must agree on the testing date. By June 30, the testing must be complete and a report must be written to provide details of the findings, according to the entry.

Bryant, Crump, 19, and Andre McCoy, 21, are charged with aggravated murder and other charges. Rowan was staying with his mother, Alexis Schneider, and her boyfriend, Yarnell Green, at the time. Schneider and Green are among the people who were shot but survived.

McCoy remains at large.

In March, defense attorney John Juhasz said the testing was scheduled for the first week of May. But scheduling difficulties between the defense expert and the lab caused the postponement, officials said.

There is no trial date for Bryant or Crump.



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