Murder indictment returned


STEUBENVILLE — A 36-year-old inmate at the Lorrain Correctional Institution has been indicted in connection with the July 2019 shooting death of William R. Ross III.

Shawn Deveron Brookins, formerly of Trotwood, was named by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday in a one-count indictment charging murder with a firearm specification. Trotwood is about 10 miles west of Dayton. Brookins had been identified by Police Chief William McCafferty as a person of interest just days after police found Ross’s body in an alley across the street from the Market Square Apartments on South Seventh Street.

McCafferty had said security cameras captured footage of a female exiting an apartment, followed by two males wearing sweatshirts pulled up over their heads before Ross, 24, staggered out of a Market Square apartment.

Grand jurors also returned a true bill against David R. Morrier, 59, a mental health professional charged with maintaining a three-year sexual relationship with a patient.

The indictment alleges Morrier, ordained into the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance in 1997, falsely represented to a female that sexual conduct “was necessary for mental health treatment purposes.” It described the woman as “substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition.”

Morrier is charged with one count of rape and two counts of sexual battery from November 2010 through the spring of 2013.

– Johntrell R. Terry, 107 Frank St., Mingo Junction, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor with a specification, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and failure to notify authorities of a change of address.

Terry, 26, allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl from Dec. 20 through Feb. 6.

A Tier II sex offender, Terry had previously been convicted of having sex with a minor in 2013.

– Matthew Thomas Wilson, 2813 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, two counts of aggravated burglary as well as burglary and tampering with evidence.

Wilson, 34, allegedly forced his way into a Homewood Avenue residence March 8 while armed with a knife.

The indictment alleges Wilson “by force, stealth or deception” entered the home, which was occupied, and threatened the owner, then tried to get rid of a red jacket the victim told police her assailant was wearing.

– Rhys Wade Williams, 6 Morningside Drive, Wintersville, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a felony. He also was named in a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Williams, 36, allegedly led an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer on a 15.3-mile chase on state Route 7 Feb. 19, reaching speeds of up to 123 miles per hour before he crashed into a snowbank while trying to turn onto county Road 17.

– Richard E. McCartney Jr., 37 Hunter Drive, Wellsburg, felony charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and operating a vehicle under the influence with a specification, as well as driving under suspension, a misdemeanor.

McCartney, 49, allegedly told police he’d had “five or six” 40-ounce Ice House beers during a couple hours before getting behind the wheel Sept. 15 in downtown Steubenville.

The indictment cites five previous drunk driving convictions or guilty pleas involving McCartney during the past 20 years — three in Jefferson County, one in Harrison County and one in Steubenville Municipal Court.

– Daniel Russell Adams, 25, 1096 Claire St., Steubenville, sexual battery, a felony. The indictment alleges Adams engaged in sexual conduct with a 23-year-old woman who was “substantially impaired” on Feb. 5.

– Cody Bellum, 25, 324 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, illegally conveying a prohibited substance, heroin, into the Jefferson County Correctional Center on Feb. 16.

– John R. Lyle, 46, 807 Louise St., East Liverpool, tampering with evidence and two counts of felonious assault. Lyle allegedly attacked a man March 1 while armed with a knife, then tried to dispose of the weapon.

– Kenneth A. Byrley, 117 County Road 47, Toronto, domestic violence with a specification and misdemeanor assault. The grand jury specified Byrley, 47, had three prior domestic violence convictions in 2011 and 2012 when he was arrested March 1.

– Brandon Lee Billingsley, 39, 593 Warren Township Road 155, Rayland, receiving stolen property. The indictment alleges Billingsley was caught with a truck belonging to Shelly and Sands, “knowing or having reasonable cause to believe it had been stolen,” on Feb. 17.

– Jacob Ford DiLoreto, 26, 1549 State Route 152, Smithfield, possession of drugs, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, Jan. 16 in Dillonvale.

– Brandon Wayne McDaniel, 136 Emma Ave., Tuscarawas, Ohio, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. The indictment alleges McDaniel, 49, tried to elude police Feb. 21, causing “substantial risk of serious physical harm” to other people and property.

– Adam R. Ryan, 26, 126 Susan Drive, Wintersville, vehicular assault and operation in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property March 16.


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