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Four indicted in Lorain murder case


ELYRIA — Four people have been indicted in connection with the August slaying of Jimmie Holland Jr., including the woman who called 911 to report his death.

Jasmine Schafer, 27, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary and obstructing justice in the case.

Also facing charges are: Elliott Kirkland, 27, and Mark Sanchez, 24, who are both charged with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, burglary and obstructing justice. Kirkland also is charged with having weapons under disability.

Lorain police have said Schafer called 911 to report finding the body of Holland, 38, when she went to his Lexington Avenue apartment on Aug. 29 to braid his hair. She told police when she arrived, she grabbed two cans of root beer out of the fridge before finding Holland dead.

Schafer, whose relationship with Holland police have said is unclear, told officers she had tried to give Holland CPR before fleeing to call authorities.

Although she was initially cooperative, police have said they later determined that she was lying about key parts of her story and may have been involved in stealing from Holland’s apartment, which had been ransacked with items including electronics missing.

Several items from the apartment were found in the borrowed Jeep Liberty that Schafer and a second woman, Latrice Thomas, 35, were driving, including a computer monitor, clothes, shoes and two cans of A&W root beer.

Thomas is charged with obstructing justice in the case.

After discovering problems with Schafer’s account and confronting her, police have said she blamed Kirkland and Sanchez for the robbery. Although police haven’t said who shot Holland, a witness saw Kirkland enter the apartment armed with a handgun.

Kirkland told police that he was with his girlfriend the entire night, but officers said they found video evidence that puts him at other locations throughout the night.

Police later searched Schafer’s home and found blood spots, a holster police suspect was stolen and a 9 mm shell casing that matched spent rounds found at Holland’s apartment.

Schafer’s defense attorney, Kenneth Ortner, has said the casing shouldn’t be used as evidence against his client because Thomas who brought it into her room.

Police have also said they have video evidence showing Schafer, Kirkland and Thomas buying 9 mm ammunition at a local sporting goods store.

Kirkland, Sanchez and Schafer are being held in Lorain County Jail, while Thomas is free on bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned next week.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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