Trial set for the murder of Ernest Massenberg-Bey Jr.

John James is currently set for to go to trial next November for the alleged murder of Ernest Massenberg-Bey Jr. in 2016.

According to police, two victims were found with gunshot wounds on Sept. 28, 2015. Both victims were taken to the hospital where one the victims, later identified as Massenberg-Bey Jr., died.

James was initially charged with second-degree murder while armed and assault with intent to kill for Massenberg-Bey’s death.

James was indicted and arraigned in court in January 2017, after he was deemed competent by both prosecution and defense.

He is currently being held without bond and his charge has been upgraded to first-degree murder while armed. After several changes in counsel, James is scheduled for a status hearing in January 2018. His trial is set to begin on Nov. 13, 2018.


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