Grand jury formally charges Pritchett in Shannon Scott murder


LIMA — The Allen County grand jury earlier this week returned a murder charge against a man charged in the 2017 shooting death in Lima of Shannon Scott.

Marquez Pritchett, 33, whose address is listed in court records as Moreno Valley, California, is being held on $1 million bond after being formally charged with murder, an unclassified felony that includes a firearm specification, and a third-degree felony county of having a weapon while under disability.

Pritchett was returned to Allen County from Phoenix, Arizona, in April to face charges in Scott’s murder. Police said he had been a suspect in Scott’s death since the early stages of the investigation. Pritchett made an appearance in Lima Municipal Court on April 28 and was arraigned on the murder charge.

Detective Sean Neidemire of the Lima Police Department said in April that Pritchett was arrested on a Lima warrant last September in Arizona. The former Lima resident, who reportedly fled to California following Scott’s death, had contested his extradition back to Allen County since that time. With those appeals finally exhausted, Pritchett was flown back to Ohio and was taken to the Allen County jail to await trial.

Family members of Shannon Scott discovered the body of the 47-year-old man on June 11, 2017, after he had not been heard of for several days. Scott was found in his living room at 621 Michael Ave., Lima. He had been shot with a handgun, police said.

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