Plea deal stalls, jury choice subsequent in Youngstown homicide case


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The jury gathered in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Monday to be selected to hear a September murder case from the South Side.

Traeshaun Turner, 27, of Youngstown, is on trial before Judge John Durkin on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault a September 8 shooting in Cleveland Street and Glenwood Avenue in which Ishmael Bethel, 25, was killed and a teenager was injured in the arm.

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Turner and his lawyer negotiated a possible plea before the talks broke down.

The teenager testified at a preliminary hearing in Youngstown Municipal Court that she was arguing with Turner over money she owed him when Bethel intervened and told Turner to leave the teenager alone. At this point, Turner drew a gun and fired multiple shots, struck Bethel in the chest and injured the teenager in the arm.

Turner was arrested the next day and has been in the county jail since his arrest.

The police wrote to cooperative witnesses as the key to such a speedy arrest.