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Elyria Township man arrested in connection with 2018 Midview Crossing homicide (UPDATED)

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    Marquess Mason

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man has been indicted on murder charges in connection with a June shooting at Midview Crossing Apartments.

Marquess Mason, 26, of West Sixth Street, is charged with two counts of murder, a count of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm into habitation or a school safety zone and three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a secret indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Elyria police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said Mason surrendered himself at police headquarters on West Avenue about 11:30 a.m. Monday and was taken into custody. He said police have a motive but declined Tuesday to say what it was.

“I’m not in a position right now to make that public,” Costantino said.

Elyria police said Mason allegedly shot 24-year-old Antonio Stewart on June 12. Stewart died from his injuries Sept. 8 at St. Vincent Hospital in Cleveland, police said.

All of the counts in Mason’s indictment also have an attached gun specification, which carries a mandatory prison sentence upon completion. Several of the counts also have a specification that Mason wore or carried body armor during the shooting.

On the day of the alleged shooting, police found Stewart lying in the parking lot of Midview Crossing Apartments, 1864 Middle Ave., when responding to a 911 call about a shooting just after 8 p.m.

Stewart was bleeding heavily from the back of his head, police have said. He was taking to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Police said Stewart frequently visited the apartment complex, but he wasn’t a tenant.

Mason was arrested in connection with the shooting of Stewart. He was being held in Lorain County Jail on $1 million bond, according to court documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

According to court records, Mason was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle in 2014. He was granted intervention in lieu of conviction in the case, but he was found in violation of that agreement in 2016 when he was indicted on a count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle under the influence, according to court documents.

Mason was sentenced to two years of probation for both cases, which he was discharged from in July after having “complied with the rules and regulations of community control and is no longer in need of supervision,” according to court records.

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


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