22-year-old Andre McCoy gets trial date in Rowan Sweeney murder case
YOUNGSTOWN — A jury trial date was set for one of three people accused in the shooting death of 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney in September 2020.
Andre McCoy, 22, appeared Friday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge Anthony D’Apolito, who set a Sept. 5 jury trial date.
McCoy faces aggravated murder charges that, if he is convicted, could carry the death penalty for his role in the Sept. 21, 2020, robbery of the home of Sweeney’s mother on Perry Street in Struthers. During the break-in, the child was shot and killed.
A March 2021 indictment for McCoy cited charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary, all with specifications that a firearm was used in commission of a crime.
After being on the run since his indictment, McCoy was arrested earlier this year by U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in the 1100 block of Park Hill Drive in Youngstown.
Co-defendant Kimonie Bryant, 25, also faces the death penalty for his role in the murder. A trial date for Bryant is set for Sept. 11.
Brandon Crump, 19, who was 17 years old at the time of the shooting, had his aggravated murder charges sent back to juvenile court for a hearing to determine whether his case will be bounded back over to common pleas court, in which case, Crump would be tried as an adult.