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Murder suspect seeks bond reduction

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    Jerone Starr



ELYRIA — A Lorain man charged with murder in connection with a February incident is hoping to get his bond reduced.

Last week, a motion to reduce bond was filed for Jerone Starr, 18, who is being held in Lorain County Jail on $50,000 cash bond and $50,000 personal bond. Starr was indicted on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and aggravated riot in September, according to court documents.

The charges stem from a Feb. 17 incident that took place on Highland Park Boulevard in Lorain, according to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office. On Sept. 19, Francisco Rojas Jr., 18, also of Lorain, was indicted on the same charges.

Lorain police have said the victim, William Miller, 47, of Lorain, tried to break up a fight about 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Highland Park Boulevard that was the result of “an argument about a girl” when he suffered some sort of medical emergency and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he later died.

Police said a group of people went to Highland Park Boulevard address to facilitate a fight between two people, which centered on a dispute regarding some Facebook posts, according to court documents. The two began fighting; one of them was the son of Miller’s girlfriend.

When the son of Miller’s girlfriend “began getting the better” of the other individual in the fight, some of the others that had facilitated the fight joined in, according to court documents. That’s when Miller and his girlfriend entered the altercation.

Police said multiple witnesses said that during the altercation Miller struck Starr. After that, one person grabbed Miller and held him while Rojas punched Miller in the head. Police further believe Starr punched Miller in the chest, court documents said.

Police said Starr admitted to pushing Miller in the chest.

Earlier this week, prosecutors filed an objection to Starr’s motion to reduce bond. In it, the state admits Starr has no prior felony adult convictions, but it said he has another case in Lorain County Common Pleas Court for felony charges of tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors said Starr has missed multiple court dates on that case and had to have warrants issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court.

A hearing on Starr’s bond reduction is scheduled for Wednesday before Judge Chris Cook.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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