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Murder suspect Jacquez Ross gets new attorney

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man facing capital murder charges who is invoking his right to a speedy trial now has an attorney to represent him.

Attorney Michael Camera has agreed to be appointed to the case and will represent Jocquez Ross, 28, of Lorain, as first-chair counsel along with Kimberly Corral, who will sit as second chair on the defense team.

Ross is accused of the 2017 fatal shootings of Michael Lewis and his wife, Fannie Lewis. He is charged with aggravated murder and other charges and, if convicted, could face the death penalty.

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Michael Camera

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On Tuesday, Ross informed Judge Christopher Rothgery that he would be withdrawing his waiver of his speedy trial rights, which means the trial in the matter must now take place within 90 days. After Ross said he would be withdrawing his time waiver, his attorney, Kreig Brusnahan, made a motion to withdraw as counsel from the case, which Rothgery granted.

Rothgery then told Ross it would be difficult to find an attorney who was qualified and willing to take the case. The judge stated that death penalty cases are some of the most difficult cases attorneys face, and having to prepare one in 90 days was a daunting task.

Camera when he was first contacted by Rothgery’s office, he declined, saying he wouldn’t take it. After a little bit of time, though, he had a change of heart.

“I have a relatively clear schedule, and I thought about it,” Camera said. “This guy is entitled to a lawyer, and he’s entitled to a speedy trial. Without a lawyer, he’s not going to get the speedy trial rights.”

Camera said he spoke to Corral, who agreed to stay on the case after Brusnahan withdrew, and the two spoke about where the case stood with motions and the mitigation phase. Camera said “it seemed to be pretty far along.”

He said the task of preparing for a capital murder trial in 90 days won’t be easy.

“I intend to give him the best representation I can with only 90 days preparation because that’s what he wants and that’s what he has a right to,” Camera said.

The trial is scheduled to begin May 6.

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


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