June 25, 2016

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UPDATED: Raider receives mandatory 18-to-life prison sentence in fatal shooting of roommate

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider sat with his eyes downcast as the family of Brandon Smith, the man he fatally shot in the head in 2013, called him a coward and a traitor just before he was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. Raider, 27, declined to make a statement before Lorain County Common Read More…

Jury finds man guilty of murder in roommate’s death

Brad Dicken and Jon Wysochanski | The Chronicle-Telegram ELYRIA — A jury found Ryan Raider guilty Wednesday of murder and felonious assault charges for fatally shooting his roommate, Brandon Smith, once in the head over what prosecutors described as his desire to win the affections of Smith’s girlfriend. The jury cleared Raider, who stood stone Read More…

Firearms expert: Accidental discharge ‘absolutely’ possible in fatal Avon shooting

ELYRIA — A defense firearms expert testified Tuesday that the semiautomatic pistol Ryan Raider was carrying when he shot his roommate in 2013 could discharge accidentally. “Absolutely,” Jason Thomason replied when defense attorney J. Ross Haffey asked him if the gun would fire if it was dropped. That was a far different answer than was Read More…

Medical experts disagree on distance in fatal shooting as murder trial continues

ELYRIA — The distance that Ryan Raider was standing away from his roommate when he allegedly shot Brandon Smith in the head was the subject of dueling experts Thursday during Raider’s murder trial. Defense attorneys haven’t denied that Raider was holding the gun just before it went off Oct. 12, 2013, but they have insisted Read More…

Police: Avon slaying shown in the details

ELYRIA — The death of Brandon Smith originally was investigated as an accident, but the more police looked into the fatal shooting, the more the evidence didn’t match that scenario, Avon Police Sgt. Bryan Rado testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Ryan Raider. When police arrived at the French Creek Road home Smith, 29, Read More…

Testimony begins in roommate shooting case

ELYRIA — Ryan Raider stood in Brandon Smith’s bedroom on Oct. 12, 2013, with a loaded gun and told him to lie just like he was on his bed, Smith’s girlfriend told jurors Tuesday during the first day of testimony in Raider’s murder trial. “Then he shot him,” Emily Markel said. Markel testified that she Read More…

Jury selection begins in Avon roommate shooting case

ELYRIA — The trial of an Avon man accused of shooting his roommate in the head in 2013 began Monday with jury selection. Ryan Raider, 27, faces life in prison if convicted of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault for the shooting death of 29-year-old Brandon Smith. Smith’s girlfriend, Emily Markel, told Avon police after Read More…

Attorney: Alleged Avon shooter in jail on ‘terrorists’ bond

AVON LAKE — Accused shooter Ryan Raider returned to Lorain County Jail on Thursday after an Avon Lake Municipal Court judge refused to lower his bond. Raider’s attorney, Ross Haffey, asked Judge Darrel Bilancini to lower Raider’s bond because he said the shooting was accidental. He said the $500,000 bond is an amount that usually Read More…

Roommate tells police gun that fatally shot Brandon Smith went off while falling

AVON – Ryan Raider allegedly shot his roommate Brandon Smith while Smith was lying in bed with his girlfriend, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. Smith’s girlfriend, Emily Markel, told police that they had been out drinking earlier in the evening, and Smith and Raider had been Read More…

Listen: Girlfriend of fatally shot man tells dispatchers roommate was ‘messing with a gun’

[audio:http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Accidental-shooting.mp3] AVON — The girlfriend of Brandon Smith, the man who police said was fatally shot by his roommate Saturday night, frantically pleaded with a 911 dispatcher to send rescue crews during the nearly eight-minute-long phone call. She said Smith, 29, and his roommate Ryan Raider, 25, who has been charged with Smith’s death, were Read More…