Man Charged with Murder in Omega Psi Phi Member’s Death

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Columbus Jones

A Youngstown, OH man has been charged in the shooting death of a Youngstown State University student, according to the Vindicator.

Columbus Jones, 23, is charged with murder and 11 counts of felonious assault after he allegedly shot 25-year-old Jamail Johnson in the back. Johnson and his fraternity brothers were hosting a Feb. 6, 2011 party before a fight broke out.

Gunfire erupted outside an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity house party after partygoers began fighting. Jones allegedly began shooting after being hit in the head with a bottle during a scuffle.

Rebecca Doherty, chief of the criminal divisional in the Mahoning County prosecutor’s office called the melee a “corner fistfight turned into a catastrophe,” according to the Vindicator.

Many of the 60 partygoers were students at Youngstown State University. Shavai Owens, who was injured during the incident, plans to testify.

Owens still suffers vision and hearing difficulties, Doherty said, according to The Vindicator.

Johnson was shot four times as he tried to usher people to safety inside the house during the gunfire, Doherty said.