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Friday, March 09, 2018 1:00 am

Courts

Murder defense team wants to import jury

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Lawyers for a Fort Wayne man facing the death penalty want jurors from outside Allen County to hear the case next year. 

Marcus Dansby, 22, is accused of killing four people – one of them his unborn child – in 2016. His trial is set for April 2019. 

Defense attorneys Michelle Kraus and Robert Gevers said in court documents filed this week their client cannot receive a fair trial with jurors from Allen County because of news coverage and comments on social media.

The request for an outside jury cites a Dec. 25, 2016, story in The Journal Gazette that includes details about the killings from witnesses. 

Dansby is accused of killing Traeven Harris, 18, Consuela Arrington, 37, Dajahiona Harris, 18, and her unborn child, which was later determined to be his. The killings happened at a home on Holton Avenue. 

A hearing on the request is scheduled for March 28. 

May trial date set in gas station slaying

A man charged with murder in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in late November 2016 will go on trial in May. 

Marquavious Jones, 28, is accused of killing Sha Rif. Rif was found dead in the parking lot of a gas station on Fort Wayne's south side Nov. 30, 2016. He was charged with murder in July and was arrested in Michigan last month. 

The trial for Jones is set to begin May 21 and run for four days. 

Felon from Rome City gets 15 years for gun

A Rome City man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday for being a felon in possession of a gun. 

Jeremy Handshoe, 39, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne under a law that requires a 15-year-minimum sentence for “armed career criminals.”

He had felony convictions in 1997, 1998 and 2007 for “serious drug offenses or violent felonies” in Noble County, a statement from U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II says. 

He will serve two years of supervised release after the prison sentence, the statement says. 

The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rome City Police Department. 

mleblanc@jg.net