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Man who turned self in shortly after 2001 slaying is now charged with murder in case

TNS Regional News • Aug 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Nearly 12 years after a man was fatally shot while sleeping at his East Side home, Columbus police have arrested a man for the slaying.

Gregory L. Crockett, 31, whose last known address was on the South Side, is charged with murder. He is in the Franklin County jail and is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court today.

Crockett is accused of shooting a gun into a house at 1663 Zettler Rd. during the early morning of Sept. 19, 2001. A bullet passed through a wall and struck Jason Satterwhite, 27, in his left eye. He died a few days later at Grant Medical Center.

Within a week of the shooting, Crockett turned himself in to police. Witnesses and neighbors interviewed by police had led authorities to him.

But Crockett was never indicted for the slaying in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Columbus police homicide detectives from the Cold Case Unit filed the murder charge on Monday. They would not discuss what new evidence prompted the charges.

Camille Satterwhite, Jason Satterwhite’s widow, said last night that the charges have been a long time coming. She has raised their daughter, now 13, alone.

“Hopefully they’ll have a good case against him this time.”


By Jim Woods - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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