Chaos erupts Outside court after woman waives hearing in October homicide

Chaos erupts Outside court after woman waives hearing in October homicide
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After a woman waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday concerning her alleged involvement in an October homicide, chaos erupted outside the courtroom.

No physical confrontations occurred, only yelling.

Extra police officers were on hand.

“That is some (expletive),” a man yelled at the woman’s boyfriend, who attended the hearing. “We played in the neighborhood together! We played in the neighborhood together!”

Other people coaxed the man who was yelling toward a courthouse elevator.

The woman who waived her hearing, Amari Ware, 27, will stand trial on two counts of being an accessory to a felony. She had posted $10,000 to get out of jail.

Prosecutor Chad Brown said Ware lied to police about her knowledge of what happened on Oct. 21.

Just after 2:30 a.m. that day, officers found Damon Jackson, 35, dead from a gunshot wound near 26th and Sprague Streets. Officers found Jackson’s cellphone and the cellphone of another man near the scene.

Ware first told authorities that she reported her Jeep stolen that day because she woke up in the middle of the night and noticed that it was missing.

She also claimed her boyfriend had been with her that night.

However, her story changed, Brown said, and she admitted that her boyfriend had called her about 1:45 a.m. and told her to report the Jeep stolen.

The man whose cellphone was found at the scene had taken her vehicle and shot at Jackson, Brown said.

No charges have been filed against the man or Ware’s boyfriend, but police officers asked the boyfriend to talk to them after the hearing Wednesday.

“This whole time, y’all had cellphones and cars, and y’all come to me?” the boyfriend told officers outside the courtroom.

“Come down and talk to us right now,” a police detective told the boyfriend.

“Talk to you for what, what do I need to talk to you for?” the boyfriend said.

“We just need a statement from you,” another detective said.

A few people yelled expletives at the boyfriend and Ware as they walked from the courthouse, followed by two police officers.

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