Hearings reset for 2 women charged in Hamilton man’s shooting death

Two women indicted for the death of a man shot in Hamilton late last year remain incarcerated awaiting trial.

Jamie Strack, 38, formerly of Fairfield and Hamilton, and Chelsea N. Bussell, 26, of Hamilton, are both charged with involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping for the Dec. 17 death of Brandon York, according to court records. Both women appeared before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Judge Charles Pater on March 31, and bond was set at $200,000 each. They entered not guilty pleas.

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Both defendants were scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for pre-trial hearings, but the hearings, like many during the coronavirus pandemic, were continued.

Strack, who is represented by attorney David Albrecht, is scheduled to be back in court April 21. Bussell, who is represented by attorney John Kaspar, is scheduled to be back in court May 19.

York, 30, of the 600 block of Concord Avenue in Middletown, died at Bethesda Butler Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. His death was ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators determined the incident occurred in the area of 12th and Hanover streets in Hamilton.

Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Phillips said Strack, Bussell and York were part of a deception to get another man to leave his residence and get into a vehicle with the intent to cause serious physical harm. During the commission of the alleged crimes, York was shot.

Detectives served search warrants connected to the case in the city’s North End, including the area of Vine Street, shortly after the shooting that involved the SWAT team.

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