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Teen bound over in murders

March 14, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer (mmiller@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A 16-year-old youth suspected of murdering two individuals on Jan. 30 was one of three indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury during a special hearing Wednesday.

Kordel Moncreace, 414 Dresden Ave., Steubenville, was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications and one count of tampering with evidence, according to Jane Hanlin, Jefferson County prosecutor.

"He will be arraigned by (Jefferson County Common Pleas Court) Judge Joseph Bruzzese at 11 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Justice Center," said Hanlin.

Moncreace was bound over to adult court on March 6 following a probable cause hearing before Jefferson County Juvenile Judge Sam Kerr in connection with the shooting death of two men.

City Police were called around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 to the Heritage Place Apartments, also known as the Market Square Apartments, concerning shots fired.

City Police said Ryan Toson, 21, and Otavius Wilson, 19, both of Steubenville, had been taken to Trinity Medical Center West with multiple gunshot wounds, where they were both pronounced dead.

At the time, police reported a large caliber handgun was used in the shooting.

Kimberly Williams of Steubenville, the mother of Moncreace's girlfriend, reportedly led police to a Dumpster and found a bookbag, which contained one bullet of the same caliber handgun police believe was used in the shooting, as well as a mask believed used by the shooter.

Williams testified previously she had seen Moncreace with a .44-caliber handgun. Others witnesses previously testified Moncreace had told them about the shooting.

Moncreace was arrested by police around 2 a.m. on Jan. 31. He was being held on a $500,000 bond on each of the murder charges and will be held in the juvenile detention center throughout his trial in adult court.

Others indicted Wednesday included Joseph McShann, 22, 601 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, one count of aggravated burglary; and Fred McShan Jr., 33, 517 Highland Ave., Steubenville, one count of obstructing justice; one count of intimidation of a witness; and one count obstructing justice. Both were arrested by Steubenville Police in February.

(Miller can be contacted at mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.)

 
 

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