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May 3, 2013

No bond in felony murder case

Earlier trial of suspect ended in hung jury

A Muskogee County judge denied bond for a man jailed 16 months on first-degree felony murder charges.

Jacorey Lamont Billings, 22, has been held without bond since he was arrested in January 2012. Billings is charged with first-degree felony murder in the Nov. 11, 2011, shooting death of Roshun English.

English, 35, was shot once in the head during a robbery at his home in the 900 block of South Fourth Street.

Billings, the accused “ringleader” of the group of four charged in the death, saw his trial end in a hung jury in March after jurors failed to come to a conclusion. Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said 10 of the jurors returned guilty verdicts, and two returned not guilty verdicts.

Billings’ attorney, Donn Baker, requested Thursday that Billings receive a $100,000 bond. Moore said he considered Billings a flight risk. Billings and Schiavone Anderson were arrested at Meadowbrook Apartments nearly two months after the murder.

Moore showed images in court of items recovered during that arrest that included packed suitcases, a passport and a handgun.

“I mean, forgetting the murders judge, he’s a flight risk,” Moore said. “And no evidence has been presented that he’s not a flight risk.”  

Baker countered that if flight was a concern, Billings could be sentenced to have an ankle monitor, as well as be sentenced to home confinement.

Dana Webb, English’s girlfriend and the mother of his children, testified briefly Thursday.

“This man tried to kill me,” Webb said. “I’m scared for my life. If he was to get out, he’s going to kill me.”

After denying the bond, District Judge Mike Norman told Baker he would promise to schedule Billings’ trial on the July docket at their convenience.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

Fates of other defendants

• Dawaan Norwood, 22, was sentenced to life in prison in April after being convicted in October 2012. Norwood was convicted of shooting Roshun English, 35, once in the head, killing him.

• Schiavone Anderson, 18, convicted the same day as Norwood, saw his life sentence altered when District Judge Tom Alford suspended 25 years of his term.

• Romonne Lavell Johnson Jr., 17, received a 10-year sentence in exchange for his testimony against his co-defendants. Johnson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree robbery as a youthful offender.

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