Trial set Monday for third, final suspect in Rowan Sweeney murder
Nearly three-and-a-half years after a 4-year-old boy was shot to death during a home invasion in Struthers, the man accused of the crime is scheduled to go on trial.
Jury selection is underway in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in the case of 21-year-old Brandon Crump, who faces a sixteen-count indictment that includes multiple felony counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, as well as charges of burglary and conspiracy.
More jurors than usual are needed to make sure the court has enough. Around 50 jurors were seen going in and out of courtrooms Monday to be interviewed and there's supposed to be more of them tomorrow. It's a process court officials tells 21 News could last until late Wednesday.
Investigators say Crump along with Kimonie Bryant, went into a home on Perry Street in Struthers on September 21, 2020, with plans to commit a robbery.
Police say the trio knew that a resident of the home, Yarnell Green Jr., had recently received a check for several thousand dollars in federal pandemic unemployment assistance funds.
According to authorities, Green was shot several times while trying to run away.
A woman sitting in a kitchen chair, Cassandra Marsicola, was shot three times during the robbery.
Also shot were Alexis Schneider and her 4-year-old son Rowan Sweeney, who was sitting on a couch at the time.
Green, who would have been a witness in the case, was later fatally shot in a separate incident in Youngstown.
Although Green had previously identified Crump as one of the triggermen, Judge Anthony D’Apolito has ruled that prosecutors can’t use that evidence in the Crump trial since the defense will not be able to cross-examine him. However, prosecutors say they have other witnesses who will identify Crump during the trial.
Authorities later claimed that Andre McCoy Junior, who was also shot that night, was linked to the crime.
McCoy has since pleaded guilty to murder and Bryant has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder. Sentencing dates have not yet been scheduled for either man, both of whom remain in jail.