The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 9, 2013

Murder charge dismissed in Ashtabula shooting

ASHTABULA — A murder charge in connection with a 2012 homicide has been dismissed after the grand jury returned a no bill on the charge.

Taquan Mathers, 20, of Ashtabula, was directly indicted on an aggravated murder with a gun specification charge for the Sept. 30 shooting death of 22-year-old Dawaun Davis of Youngstown, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Harold Specht said.

“The grand jury ruled it self-defense,” he said.

Police have said more than 20 bullets and other evidence were retrieved from 918 W. 37th St., where Davis was fatally shot in the neck during a shoot out.

Davis’ mother, Ms. Peeples of Youngstown said she’s outraged.

“It’s not fair,” she said. “The whole city is acting like this didn’t happen.”

Police believe the incident started at about 6 p.m. in front of the West 37th Street home, and it escalated into a violent fight with gunshots being fired, according to police reports.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Davis on the ground with a fatal gunshot wound. Neighbors stood outside as several police cars and ambulances arrived on the scene.

Mathers fled the scene but didn’t get far because he suffered bullet wounds in his leg  and buttocks. He was taken to a Cleveland hospital, where he was treated and later released.

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