The incident occurred shortly before midnight on Jan. 20 as the two vehicles were traveling southbound on Cherry Road toward Willow Road where the victims said the occupants of the other vehicle opened fire on them with a handgun and an assault rifle. At least 16 shell casings were recovered from the crime scene.
The driver of the vehicle that was shot was struck in the back, but managed to drive to St. Francis Hospital. Passenger Jaheim Walker suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead, while a 16-year-old passenger was critically wounded with several gunshot wounds, but survived. A third passenger was not injured.
A grand jury Tuesday indicted Demarcus Johnson, 21, Otha Ray, 20, and his cousin Frederick Wilson, 21, on first-degree murder charges and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Johnson and Ray also were indicted on charges of employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and Johnson was indicted as a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
All were arrested the following day and gave statements to investigators.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau of the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit which handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General. The prosecution unit works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.