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Suspects indicted in two Lorain homicides

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ELYRIA — Indictments have been made in a pair of Lorain murder cases.

A 16-year-old boy was indicted on murder and felonious assault charges for allegedly shooting a man during a deadly encounter on Reeves Avenue and a man with mental health issues has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges for allegedly stabbing his mother to death.

Darius Ramey is accused of shooting 31-year-old Kenneth Shinafelt once in the head on July 11. Because of the nature of the charges and Ramey’s age, Lorain County Juvenile Court Judge Lisa Swenski ruled in September that the case against Ramey should be handled in the adult criminal justice system.

Another 16-year-old boy who was walking with Ramey testified during a hearing last month that he and Ramey encountered Shinafelt and another man. The two groups were on opposite sides of the street but exchanged words, and there was mention of a gun and trying to get a gun from the other men, the boy told Swenski.

The boy said he saw Ramey raise his own gun and point it in Shinafelt’s direction but didn’t actually see Ramey pull the trigger. The boy testified that he did hear two gunshots as he ran away.

Another witness testified during the hearing that Ramey later said he was protecting a friend when he fired the gun, which wasn’t recovered. Investigators have estimated that Ramey shot Shinafelt at a distance of at least 30 yards.

Defense attorney Anthony Baker argued during the hearing that it was possible Shinafelt was shot by one of the people he was with rather than Ramey.

Ramey is scheduled to be arraigned next week, and Swenski has ordered that he be held in the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home until a county grand jury had a chance to hear evidence against him.

Manilla murder case

Meanwhile, Zachary Manilla, 26, a Lorain man with a history of mental health issues, has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges for allegedly stabbing his mother to death.

Lorain police have said Manilla admitted while in custody that he stabbed Kimberly Manilla, 51, in the backyard of his sister’s home Aug. 21.

Zachary Manilla had been homeless, but he had been staying in his sister’s garage with her permission, police said.

Kimberly Manilla and her boyfriend had gone to her daughter’s home around noon Aug. 21 to check on traps that had been set in the area to catch feral cats, police have said.

The boyfriend went out front and when he returned to the backyard, he found Manilla bleeding on the ground. Police said the boyfriend called out to Zachary Manilla for help, but when the son didn’t respond he sought help from a neighbor.

Kimberly Manilla was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.

Police have said they searched the garage Zachary Manilla was staying in and recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon.

Court documents showed that Zachary Manilla has been hospitalized several times over the years and has failed to take his medications when he is released. He also has a history of suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues, according to court records and police.

Manilla was being held in the Lorain County Jail and also is 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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