Man, acquitted of attack, accused of shooting at victim's house

Suspect, previous victim and the victim’s family have been in a feud for years, neighbor says.
TNS Regional News
Sep 7, 2013

 

A Near East Side man is accused of shooting at the house of the man he was earlier found not guilty of attacking in August.

Joseph H. McGhee Jr. was acquitted in the prior assault case last month — in a verdict that led the presiding judge to criticize the jury — and was arrested today on a charge of felonious assault.

According to a Columbus police report, an officer found three bullet holes in the rear of the residence at 736 E. Mound St. on Thursday. A man who lives at the address said McGhee had tried to shoot at him.

The man is a relative of the victim in the previous case, according to a neighbor, who asked that his name not be used for fear of retaliation. McGhee, the previous victim and the victim’s family have been in a feud for years, the neighbor said.

On Aug. 1, a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for McGhee, 36, on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct. Surveillance video appeared to show him striking someone outside of a Near East Side convenience store.

Franklin County Municipal Judge Amy Salerno told the jury after the case that “you got this wrong,” according to one of the jurors. Four of the eight jurors who decided the case complained to the court’s administrative judge about the way that Salerno spoke to them.

Salerno said in an emailed statement today that “as a judge, I cannot comment on the serious criminal allegations against Mr. McGee.”

Today's arrest marks at least the third time McGhee, whose name also has been spelled “McGee” in court documents, has been accused of crimes involving the victim or his family. He faces trial in October on charges of menacing, aggravated menacing and witness intimidation.

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By Jeb Phillips - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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