The Jahmier Council murder suspect waived a preliminary hearing on Thursday
LOWER CHICHESTER — A Chester man waived a preliminary hearing Thursday on murder and related charges for a New Year’s Eve shooting that left one dead and another seriously injured.
Counsel for Jahmier, 22, faces two dozen charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault. A co-defendant, Zymear Lamar Jones, 23, of Wilmington, has already been arraigned on similar charges and is scheduled to hold a status conference Aug. 15 before Common Pleas Court Judge George Pagano.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer previously said defendants planned to steal half a pound of marijuana from murder victim Nasir Allen, 18, when they drove to the Wawa at 1439 Market St. in the Linwood section of the township. the 31st of December.
Lower Chichester police were dispatched to Wawa around 2:33 p.m. for reports of a shooting and found two men with gunshot wounds, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Detective Dave Tyler of the Division of Delaware County Criminal Investigations.
Allen was pronounced dead at the scene and was later found to have died of a single gunshot wound to the back, according to the affidavit. The other unidentified victim was shot in the back and was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for treatment.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video that showed a man inside the Wawa talking on the phone and wearing gray or white sweatpants, white sneakers and a red and black hooded jacket, according to the affidavit. He loiters in the store and makes no purchases, then walks out and continues loitering, the affidavit states.
This man, later identified by witnesses as Jones, allegedly shot the victims after they pulled into the parking lot in a red Corolla and got out of the car. Further investigation revealed that Jones was wanted on a warrant for assault and was not authorized to possess a firearm, the affidavit states.
Investigators spoke to a third person in the Corolla who said Allen and the other victim drove to Wawa to sell a person half a pound of marijuana for $1,000, according to the affidavit.
This witness claimed that a thin black man with dreadlocks wearing a dark nylon bubble coat and dark sweatpants entered the Corolla to complete the transaction. That person was later identified by witnesses as the Council, the affidavit states.
The council allegedly handed over less than the agreed amount using counterfeit notes. A struggle ensued with the witness and counsel attempted to exit the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The unidentified victim got out of the car, and that’s when Jones ran and shot him before fleeing the scene, according to the affidavit.
Allen and the witness also exited the vehicle after hearing the shot, the affidavit states. The witness reported hearing another shot and seeing Allen collapse to the ground, according to the affidavit. The council would then also have fled.
The two men were later arrested and charged separately. Counsel is due to be formally arraigned at the Media County Courthouse on August 17.