Jefferson County, OH
Several indictments and a few interesting developments came out of Wednesday’s Jefferson County Grand Jury. The jurors met for 10 long hours and reviewed some violent crimes.
Jalontay Johnson and Dallas Crokie were both indicted and charged with one count of murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.
Even though they are charged in connection with two separate incidents the similarities between the two cases are striking.
The charges are exactly same and both admitted to their crimes the next morning.
“There doesn’t seem to be any reason that would justify this,” said Jefferson County Jane Hanlin. “We looked at issues of self-defense and provocation but there doesn’t seem to be anything that would justify what he did to that young boy that night.”
The 18-year-old Crokie for the fatal stabbing of 40-year-old Terry Shust on September 15th in Steubenville.
“You’re talking about some 93 stab wounds plus some blunt force trauma to the head,” said Hanlin. “It’s actually one of the more grisly crime scenes that we had. And again nothing that would seem to justify that level of violence.”
Where the cases seem to differ is with public interest. Prosecutor Jane Hanlin addressed some rumors concerning Johnson’s physical state prior to the crime.
“We’re aware of those rumors and whether they had done anything earlier in the night like that,” said Hanlin. “We don’t know but certainly at the time we talked to the defendant he appears to be absolutely lucid.”
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