Special grand jury returns murder charges against Lima man

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — Charges of murder have been returned by a special session of the Allen County grand jury against a 20-year-old Lima man charged in the June 14 shooting death of Lima resident Christian Laws.

The grand jury on July 3 indicted Jolade Omosikeji Jr. on the murder charges, both unclassified felonies that include firearm specifications. Omosikeji was also indicted on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony with a firearm specification; two counts of discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premise, first-degree felonies; and one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

Omosikeji’s bond was set at $1 million. Steve Chamberlain was appointed as his attorney. Omosikeji is expected to be arraigned next week. His initial pre-trial appearance in Allen County Common Pleas Court is set for 7:30 a.m. July 29.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office arrested Omosikeji, 20, without incident in late June at 1150 Adam Lee Place, Apt. H. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Lima Police Department, along with the sheriff’s SWAT team, converged on the residence following an anonymous tip.

According to authorities, detectives made contact with a relative of Omosikeji’s at the residence, and a short time later the man exited the residence and surrendered without incident.

He was booked into the Allen County Jail for the murder of Laws, whose body was found early that Friday evening in the 2400 block of Lark Avenue. Laws was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy revealed his death stemmed from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.

Laws’ death was Allen County’s fourth homicide of 2019.


By J Swygart


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