MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 5, 2013

Fourth on trial in shooting

Jacorey Billings accused of felony murder in death during robbery

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Assistant Muskogee County district attorney Dan Medlock described the events prosecutors allege led to the 2011 shooting death of Roshun English.

Clapping his hands dramatically, Medlock mimicked the sound of the gunshot that took English’s life.

“One shot, and English was dead,” Medlock said.

Jacorey Lamont Billings, 22, is accused of being one of four men who robbed English on Nov. 11, 2011, inside his home in the 900 block of South Fourth Street. During the robbery, of which three other defendants have been found guilty, English, 35, was shot one time and killed. Billings, who’s trial began Monday, is the last of the four to face adjudication.

Billings faces a charge of first-degree felony murder. Though he didn’t pull the trigger, prosecutors allege he was a key part of a felony act that led to English’s death.

Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Dan Medlock told jurors Monday that English died for a “set of wheels, a couple cell phones and a wallet.” Medlock said Billings, Dawaan Norwood, Schiavone Anderson and Romonne Johnson went to English’s house that Nov. 11 afternoon, robbed, beat and eventually shot him.

Norwood, the gunman, and Anderson were convicted in October and the jury recommended life sentences for both. Johnson, 17, received a 10-year sentence on a lesser charge of first-degree robbery as a youthful offender in turn for his testimony in Norwood and Anderson’s trial in October.

Medlock said Billings bore as much responsibility for English’s death as either Norwood or Anderson.

“Though he didn’t pull the trigger, he’s just as responsible as the others,” Medlock said.

Billings’ attorney, Donn Baker, told jurors that English was a drug dealer who had stolen Billings’ rims.

“It was absolutely not a home invasion or a robbery,” Baker said. He told jurors that Anderson, an acquaintance of English, had seen the rims there and told Billings.

“They were there for a specific reason,” Baker said. “To get his rims back ... No doubt this is tragic, but no one went there with the intent to kill or rob Roshun. They went there to get wheels that were traded for drugs.”  

Testimony continues at 9 a.m. today.

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Fate of other defendants

• Jacorey Lamont Billings, 22, is the fourth of four defendants to be adjudicated from the Nov. 11, 2011 slaying of Roshun English, 35.

• Dawaan Norwood, 22: Found guilty of first-degree felony murder Oct. 26. The jury recommended a life sentence. Norwood’s sentencing date is set for March 25.

• Schiavone Anderson, 18: Found guilty of first-degree felony murder Oct. 26. The jury recommended a life sentence. Anderson’s sentencing date is set for March 25.

• Romonne Johnson Jr., 17: Johnson was originally charged with first-degree felony murder, but pleaded down to a lesser youthful offender charge of first-degree robbery in exchange for testifying against Norwood, Anderson and Billings. Johnson’s plea deal carried a 10-year prison term.