Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Murder warrant issued for Over-the-Rhine man

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati homicide detectives continued to search Tuesday for an Over-the-Rhine man wanted in connection with a fatal street shooting last week.

        An aggravated-murder warrant was issued for Dorian “Roscoe” Brodnax, 23, whose last known address was 514 E. 12th St.

        Ezell Bailey Jackson, 22, of the Millvale area, was shot several times shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday as he stood on a sidewalk in the 1400 block of Republic Street.

        He died at University Hospital an hour later, the 17th homicide victim and the 83th shooting victim in Cincinnati since the April riots.

        Much of the violence has occurred in Over-the-Rhine since unarmed 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, who was fleeing police, was fatally shot by Cincinnati police officer Stephen Roach, setting off several days of rioting.

        Mr. Jackson was shot about a block from that site.

        Police did not release information about whether the shooting of Mr. Jackson was deliberate. Mr. Jackson and another male were seen standing together moments before the shooting, and that person was seen running from the scene immediately after the shots were fired.

        It was not clear whether that man — who was described by police as African-American, in his early-20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 160 to 170 pounds — was Mr. Brodnax.

        Mr. Brodnax is decribed as an African-American, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 180 pounds.

        Police said several others are wanted for questioning, though no other arrest warrants have been issued.

        Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 352-3542 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers can remain anonymous and could receive compensation.


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