YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Three suspects in a riot and shooting death from last August in Youngstown have gone on trial Monday.
The trial for David Belton, Rontrell White, and Dequann Fleeton in connection with the shooting death of Shawn Cortez, 17, started Monday morning.
Belton is charged with aggravated riot, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault, while White received charges of aggravated riot and involuntary manslaughter.
Fleeton had been charged with aggravated riot and pleaded no contest on all counts Monday.
David Jenkins is set to go on trial in July. Prosecutors have said that Jenkins fired the shot that killed Cortez. He is charged with two counts of murder and one count each of felonious assault, aggravated riot and involuntary manslaughter
David Jenkins’ older brother, Dejon Jenkins, is facing murder charges after investigators said he gave his younger brother the murder weapon. He also faces a charge of aggravated riot, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, aggravated assault.
A grand jury indicted 13 people, both adults and juveniles, in August after police said they were all involved in the events leading up to Cortez’s shooting death.
Police and prosecutors said the incident on Winona Avenue on the city’s south side started as an argument between rivaling families and quickly grew into mobs of more than 30 people shouting at each other, with two women in the group recording the whole thing on cell phones. The fight ended in gunfire, leaving Shawn Cortez, 17, dead.
“You see group that had gone to the house start to retreat and the other group pursuing them and then you hear a volley of shots from the group that had been retreating, followed by, we believe, two separate volleys of shots from the individuals who were then pursuing,” Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Marty Desmond said.
Although prosecutors are not sharing the videos with the media, they said they were both graphic and disturbing.
“The language that they are taunting back and forth, challenging each other to fight and then seeing the young man get shot,” Desmond said.