Two new persons of interest named in Lima homicide
By Tricia Bell, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
LIMA, OHIO -
Two new persons of interest have been named in connection to the shooting death of a Lima man.
19 year old Randall Howard Jr. appearing before Judge Ric Workman on an obstructing justice charge in relation to the shooting death of 20 year old Joshua Davenport. Officers asked for a high bond during the initial appearance saying Howard hindered the investigation, destroyed evidence, and is possibly involved in the homicide. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Davenport was found with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley near the 700 block of Albert Street on Monday. He was taken to Lima Memorial Health System where he died.
Detectives have also named 18 year old Mike'l Johnson as a person of interest. Johnson is already awaiting sentencing for three robberies. He is now being held for violating the terms of his release in the robbery cases.
19 year old Tayvon Brown had previously been named a person of interest. He was arrested and interviewed by police. However, he is no longer a person of interest and is being released without being charged.
Police are awaiting autopsy lab results before releasing additional information on Davenport's cause of death.