SHARON – Common pleas court officials have been trying to schedule a murder trial and it’s been set back several times for various reasons.
The trial of Jaylaun Coleman, which was scheduled to begin Monday, is now set to begin Feb. 9.
Coleman, 20, of Farrell, is charged with murder in the first degree, prohibited possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal homicide in connection with the death of Tyrone T. Cornish, 21, on Aug. 11, 2018, in the Willow Village apartments parking lot at West Budd Street and Sterling Avenue, Sharon.
The trial has been rescheduled several times, most recently because a defense attorney involved with the case was exposed to COVID-19 and is in quarantine, said Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker.
Acker declined to say whether he has discussed a plea deal.
“(Cornish’s) family wants the death penalty and that’s not going to happen,” Acker said. “So they clearly want life in prison.”
Sharon police said surveillance images from Aug. 11, before Cornish’s killing, show him getting into a fight with the suspect’s brother, Jamylan Coleman, in the same parking lot.
Investigators said in August that surveillance cameras caught images of Jaylaun Coleman shooting Cornish. The video corroborated the accounts of several witnesses.
Cornish was found just before 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 lying in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound to the neck. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Sharon Regional Medical Center.
Sharon police circulated a notice with Coleman’s photo and description later that evening. He turned himself in the following afternoon.
Coleman remains in Mercer County Jail awaiting trial.