December 20, 2014

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More evidence revealed against suspects in fatal shooting

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams

Andre Jackson

Andre Jackson

ELYRIA — One of the two men facing murder and felonious assault charges for the Jan. 5 shooting death of Antonio Spraggins broke the window of Spraggins’ Chevrolet Equinox before opening fire, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday.

When police interviewed Jordan Williams after he was arrested a few days after the shooting, officers observed cuts on Williams’ hands “which appeared to be consistent with cut injuries possibly sustained from striking a glass object,” an affidavit accompanying the warrants said.

Spraggins was playing pool at the T&A Bar before he was found shot to death in his car about 2:15 a.m. at the intersection of Foster and Lake avenues. The SUV, which was peppered with bullet holes, was stuck in a snow drift and its wheels were still spinning when it was discovered.

Police determined that Williams, Andre Jackson, the second man facing charges, and a third man, Jeris Geiger, who was initially charged but wasn’t indicted in the case, were in the bar together before the shooting.

After the shooting, police said the three fled in a red Geo Tracker that police later found. Inside the vehicle they found a bullet casing that matched casings from the shooting scene, the affidavit said. The casings also matched 9 mm ammunition found at Williams’ home.

The 9 mm semiautomatic pistol believed to have been used in the shooting was later found at a Cleveland home, where a man named Octavius Smith told police he had taken the gun from the vehicle Williams, Jackson and Geiger were riding in after the shooting.

The affidavits, most of which sought phone records for those connected to the shooting, said that police used cell phone location data to help track the men after the shooting, including some who travelled to Georgia.

Williams was arrested in Elyria. Geiger and Jackson were arrested at a Maple Heights home a few days after the shooting.

A trial in the case is scheduled to begin Monday.

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