SHARON – The man accused of killing the mother of his two children turned himself in to police, but did not answer any questions.
Ezra E. Daye, 20, of 579 Sherman Ave., Apartment 2, Sharon, was charged with homicide, aggravated assault and prohibited possession of a firearm in the shooting death of 23-year-old Kelly Johnston.
Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker said Daye showed up at the Sharon Police Department hours after the shooting, held his hands out in front of his body and told police, “I don’t want you guys to shoot me.”
He then declined to speak to police and invoked his right to an attorney.
According to a criminal complaint, Sharon police responded to a report at 12:42 a.m. Saturday at Daye’s address and found Johnston unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the top of her head. She was taken by ambulance to Sharon Regional Medical Center and flown to Mercer Health-St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Officers determined that the shooting happened in Daye’s bedroom. Daye is the father of Johnston’s two children.
Witnesses told police that they arrived at the apartment around 10 p.m. and heard a gunshot sometime after midnight. One of the witnesses ran to see what happened and saw Johnston lying in Daye’s bedroom.
At 6 a.m. Saturday, Daye, accompanied by two relatives, went to Sharon Police Department. One of the relatives said Daye admitted to being in the bedroom when Johnston was shot.
Police obtained a search warrant to take physical evidence from Daye’s body. They cut several of Daye’s braids, which police said appeared to have blood on them.
Police also said they detected a the scent of bleach coming from Daye’s hands and feet.
Daye was arrested on warrants issued in Trumbull County, Ohio, and Mercer County. In Trumbull County, he is wanted on charges of havomg weapons under disability, firearm-related offenses, willful flight to elude police, theft, possession of marijuana, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and probation violation. Daye is wanted in Mercer County on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to Mercer County Jail and arraigned by video by District Judge Mary A. Odem of Farrell on the homicide charge later Saturday afternoon. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26 before District Judge Dennis M. Songer of Sharon.
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