April 24, 2014

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Defense rests in drive-by shooting murder trial

Tyrone White

Tyrone White

Bohannon Miller

Bohannon Miller

ELYRIA — Bohannon Miller’s defense attorney called a single witness Monday before resting her case in the aggravated murder trial of her client.

The sole witness, Tyrone White, testified about an encounter Miller allegedly had in the hours before the fatal drive-by shooting of Marquis McCall on June 22, 2009.

White’s sister, Tierra White, had testified earlier in the trial that she had seen Miller, armed with a handgun, drive up on a group of people on Long Avenue and begin yelling about the earlier shooting of Christopher Hill.

Police believe McCall’s shooting was retaliation for the shooting of Hill, who died from his injuries. Craig Roberson, who was shot at the same time as McCall, has testified that Miller was demanding to know who had shot his cousin in the hours before McCall was killed.

But Tyrone White said although he recalled the incident, he couldn’t say who was driving the car.

He denied a suggestion from Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Sherry Glass that he was testifying for Miller because he was concerned that his sister had testified for the prosecution.

“I’m not afraid anything at all’s going to happen,” said Tyrone White, who is serving time on unrelated charges.

The trial, which began Jan. 29, has been marred by accusations from Lorain police and prosecutors that Miller has waged a campaign of intimidation against witnesses, including Raymond Fowler, who has told police he was in the back seat of the car when Miller allegedly killed McCall.

County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi granted a request from prosecutors to allow Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert to testify about what Fowler told him after Fowler refused to take the stand because of threats he said had been leveled against him by Miller and his associates. Fowler also testified that he had been threatened by members of McCall’s family.

Defense attorney Denise Wilms had argued against allowing Sivert to testify on Fowler’s behalf because doing so denied Miller a chance to confront his accuser. Glass countered that Miller had given up the right to face Fowler since he was responsible for the threats.

Miraldi denied a similar request from Glass to allow Sivert to testify about what Larry Blake, the alleged driver in the drive-by shooting, told him.

Also Monday, Wilms questioned Sivert about whether Fowler had violated his deal with prosecutors by refusing to testify. Under the terms of that agreement, Fowler was supposed to take the stand and testify truthfully against Miller and in exchange he wouldn’t be charged in connection with the McCall slaying.

“In my opinion he did, but that’s something for the prosecutor’s office to decide,” Sivert said.

The trial has lasted far longer than expected, pushing back the start of the capital murder trial of Vincent Jackson, who is accused of gunning down Qiana Walton during a June 2008 robbery of Gas USA in Elyria. The Jackson trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Miraldi is the judge on both cases and delayed the Jackson trial until after closing arguments are completed in the Miller case. Those closing arguments are slated to take place this morning.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • My1stLove

    I hate to say this & i could be wrong but for some strange reason i think he may get off.

    • silkskin1960

      And if he does, look at it this way, he can run from the justice of man, but he cannot run from the justice of God. And personally, I would much rather be on the receiving wrath of what MAN has to offer as opposed. Trust me, he’s not done yet. Too young and stupid for one….and he has to pay for the things that he has ALREADY done. Karma gets a shot at him first….thats always a good show to watch.

      • ohio 30th!!!!

        GOD & KARMA, thats not even real now I see why you so stupid.. you believe in fake things.. but if he gets found not guilty in yall religion aint that yall fake god WILL, but if he gets found guilty thats also YALL GODS WILL right lol.. people that believe in any religion is just dumb.. I see why yall dumb LMAO.

        • Toad

          does bonannon beleve in god. most inmates do find jesus by there second conviction. he must be a slow learner if not. i bet he sees jesus right before the needle go into his arm in the death penalty. they always find jesus just before they die

        • silkskin1960

          And we can see what a jailhouse 3.8 gpa sounds like as well. I for one am very blessed to have the pleasure of “NOT BEING YOU”.

          • ohio 30th!!!!

            Wheres yall dumb as god at every day when people get killed or raped and ect.. oh, he just set back and say this is GODS PLAN… its says in the bible a person can sell their daught into slavery how righteous and GODLESS is that look it up an if yall dont got time use goggle.. well now I see why yall think how yall do cause yall believe in that bullshit..

          • Toad

            there is also evil in this world and thes men prove that. good vs evil and we need to get rid of evil

          • ohio 30th!!!!

            You sound like a tv sitcom lol. If you want to get rid of that stuff start at the top with the politicians and ect.. oh and that FAKE GOD BEING..

          • Toad

            u have to be a relative of him. if you r you are probly to ashamed to say so. if bohanon gets out of jail r u still gonna give him a place to live in 1 of ur 16 houses. give him a job too.

          • ohio 30th!!!!

            Sure would.. I mite send him to your home to see your reaction lol.. I done looked on your profile on here you make post on alot of things in the chronical, so this is what you do; your a keyboard warrior that believes in a fake god but dont follow none of the teaching of what you believe in.. I know now your god is fake and you’re fake such a match made in heaven lol..

          • Toad

            spellcheck time

            mite should be might
            chronicle should be Chronicle
            your should be you’re
            dont should be don’t
            teaching should be teachings

            i am liking this spell check thing. maybe you should use it too.

        • Joe Smith

          Do you believe that grammar and spell check exists?

          • ohio 30th!!!!

            I got it..

        • Pablo Jones

          To bad you didn’t believe in education. It is painful reading your comments.

  • ohio 30th!!!!

    HE MAY, what evidence did they have.. the media tried to make him look like a monster like they do to alot of people in general but mostly towards minorities. . Just cause I person in prison dont mean they are either guilty or guilty of everything they done or being charge with.. everyone done got in trouble for thing they didnt do or someone lied on them even as a child or adult. . Yall been reading this just like I have and alot of people is still stubborn stuck in their train of thought believing everything the media says. Damn back in the 60′s the media use to call Martin Luther King a criminal.. but the real criminal was the media painting a picture of a person that was totally wrong.. and the media still do it atill today. . Lindsey lohan is a trouble young woman but Richard Sherman is a thug thats what the media say, I just gave yall a true and real example. …

    • Joe Smith

      That or he is a monster and guilty of everything….just saying

    • Pablo Jones

      After reading your post, I am convinced he is guilty.

      • ohio 30th!!!!

        I guess you is one of them people im talking about in my post then..

        • Pablo Jones

          I guess I is what I is.

          • silkskin1960

            roflmao

    • It has to stop

      Going out on a limb here but I think the media had little to do with making him look like a monster. His criminal record speaks for itself.

    • Toad

      doesn’t matter if he is found guilty or not this time. he will probly be in troubel the rest of his life. he will hurt more brothas wit his actions as he has done before.

      he still has time to serve if he gits out of this one and he can clean more trash from the streets before he gos back. may be we should want him to be free to take care of other garbage before he gos back to prison again.

      he is better than the poloice in cleaning up scum.

      • ohio 30th!!!!

        Toad can I use you as a tax write, cause your stupidity I know this is the only thing you got going in your life..

        • Toad

          if u think stupidty is a tax writ off u are the stupid one. did you learn that from HR block

          • Razorback Twou

            He learned that in the Cell Block.

      • ohio 30th!!!!

        Learn how to spell too.. damn it something called spell check use it lol

        • Toad

          spelling is not my strong point. I do not have a 3.8 from a college of higher learning. many here can criticize my speelin and writing but you are not one of them

          • ohio 30th!!!!

            You shouldnt write if you cant spell.. writing is one thing but spelling shouldn’t never be a problem while writing. . It’s to many ways to check your spelling. I was taught if a person have problems spelling they also got problems reading to..

          • Toad

            shouldnt is spelled shouldn’t

            to should be too. you made this spelling mistake twice.

            i rest my case

        • Toad

          i can spell guilty on all charges.

          Big B going to jail for a very long time he may get out at the age of 52 at the earliest

    • Toad

      just put all 4 of them back inside the gold taurus. lock it up n drive it into lake erie. a slow drowning would be a good end to the story.