Lawyer wants death penalty possibility removed for suspect in Rowan Sweeney murder case
A defense lawyer is asking a judge to dismiss death penalty specifications in the case of the suspect accused of fatally shooting 4-year-old Rowan Sweeney and shooting four adults at a home in Struthers.
Attorney John Juhasz filed the motion this week on behalf of his 25-year-old client Kimonie Bryant, who was indicted last year on fifteen charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, burglary, robbery, and conspiracy.
Prosecutors have yet to respond to the motion.
Bryant is one of three people charged in connection to Sweeney's death during a home invasion on Perry Street on September 21, 2020. Authorities say Bryant was the triggerman in the incident.
Rowan Sweeney’s mother, Alexis Schneider, is one of the four adults who was shot allegedly by Bryant.
Schneider was holding her son as he was shot twice in the head, killing the child, according to court documents.
Prosecutors say Bryant entered the home and immediately shot Andre McCoy Junior. The suspect then shot Yarnell Green Jr. as Green got up and tried to run. The suspect shot Green several more times as he was on the floor, Gains said.
Bryant then allegedly shot Cassandra Marsicola three times as she was sitting in a kitchen chair.
Investigators say it was well known that Green, who was self-employed as a barber, had recently received a check for several thousand dollars in federal pandemic unemployment assistance funds.
Around $5,000 from the check remained on the coffee table. Prosecutors said Bryant fled the scene, and when police arrived, no cash was on the coffee table.
One of the suspects, 19-year-old Brandon Crump is in jail waiting for a trial on 17 charges.
The third suspect, Andre McCoy, who was wounded during the invasion, is wanted in connection with the incident. U.S. Marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.