Juvenile charged as adult in year-old murder outside Pappy’s bar

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.cm

LIMA — One of two juveniles who police say shot and killed Lima resident Danielle Jackson during a robbery attempt nearly a year ago outside Pappy’s Lounge will stand trial as adult.

Ja’naz Smith, 16, was indicted earlier this month by an Allen County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony that included a firearm specification; aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony with a firearm specification; and tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree.

Smith is being held under a $1 million bond.

Jackson, 44, was found in the early-morning hours of Jan. 20, 2020. He had been shot in the rear parking lot of Pappy’s Lounge, 1000 W. North St. and pronounced dead after being transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, which is a block away from the shooting scene.

Two juveniles were arrested April 13 by Lima police and transported to the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center in connection with Jackson’s death.

During a December hearing in juvenile court, it was determined that Smith would be bound over to adult court. Court documents state that while there was no evidence of gang activity in Jackson’s death, there is evidence that Smith did act in concert with one other individual and had a firearm under his control at the time of the incident. A medical expert who examined Smith said the teenager “presents a high risk for dangerousness, a low level of maturity and an average range of treatment amenability.”

The recent session of the grand jury also indicted Smith on an additional count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification for his alleged role in a separate incident that took place between April 9 and April 11 of last year.

The other juvenile alleged to have been involved in Jackson’s death has not been charged as an adult. A preliminary hearing was held in Allen County Juvenile Court in April for that teenager.

Officer Chad Kunkleman of the Lima Police Department testified during that hearing that the young boy “admitted to being one of the subjects” involved in the incident.


By J Swygart


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