LIMA — A Lima youth who was 15 years old when, according to police and prosecutors, he shot and killed Danielle Jackson during a robbery attempt outside a Lima bar saw a modest reduction in his bond Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Ja’naz Smith, now 16, is one of two juveniles who allegedly shot and killed Jackson during a robbery attempt on Jan. 20, 2020, outside Pappy’s Lounge at 1000 W. North St.
Smith 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.
The charges stem from the shooting death of Jackson, whose body was found in the early-morning hours in the rear parking lot of the West North Street bar. Jackson was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead after being transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, which is just a block away from the shooting scene.
Smith and another juveniles were arrested April 13 by Lima police in connection with Jackson’s death and were transported to the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center. The other juvenile has not been charged as an adult. A preliminary hearing was held in Allen County Juvenile Court in April for that suspect. 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 shooting.
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 11 last year.
During Friday’s court appearance, defense attorney Steve Chamberlain asked Judge Terri Kohlrieser to consider a reduction in Smith’s bond. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines objected, pointing to the teenager’s alleged use of a firearm in each incident and his criminal history which includes “multiple acts of violence.”
Kohlrieser agreed to lower Smith’s bond to $750,000 from $1 million.