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Jury selection to begin Monday for Blackshell murder trial

Thu, May 12, 2016 11:00 AM | NYGIA (Administrator)

Rochester, N.Y. - One of the three men accused of shooting seven people outside the Boys & Girls Club in Rochester last summer will stand trial Monday.

On Thursday afternoon, a judge ruled that Johnny Blackshell, Jr. will not stand trial with his two co-defendants who are also accused in the mass shooting.

Michael Mathis and Jalen Everett will be tried for the crimes, as well. However, it is not yet clear if they will be tried together or separately.

Blackshell, 21, and Everett, 20, were each indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, six counts of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Mathis, 18, was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

On August 19, Blackshell, Mathis and Everett were allegedly inside a car in which at least one person opened fire, killing three people and wounding four more people.

Raekwon Manigault, Johnny Johnson and Jonah Barley were killed in the shooting. Police said the victims injured in the shooting were Billy Williams, 26, Carey Bradley, 19, Anthony Jones, 24, and Carl Canty, 29 - all of Rochester.

Jury selection begins Monday for Blackshell's trial. That trial could last up to one month.

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