Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Two arraigned in shooting death of child
YOUNGSTOWN Two men charged in a weekend drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of 3-year-old Cherish Moreland, of Hilton Avenue, were arraigned Tuesday in municipal court on upgraded charges of aggravated murder.
They had been charged with felonious assault pending Cherish's condition. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died Monday.
Bond remains at $1 million each for Damon K. Clark Jr., 22, of Dogwood Lane, and Stoney Williams, 18, of Dorothy Avenue. A preliminary hearing is set for May 18, but Detective Sgt. John Kelty said he expects the case to be presented directly to a Mahoning County grand jury.
Kelty said because the victim was under 13, the men could face the death penalty.
Cherish was shot on Stewart Avenue on the city's East Side as she walked with her aunt. One of the bullets hit the girl on the right side of her head. Police have identified Williams as the shooter.