Man charged in Middletown fatal shooting faces February hearing

Mezahn Demarco Amison, charged with murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of Zachariah Wallace, 17, in Middletown, appeared in Butler County Common Pleas Court Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Mezahn Demarco Amison, charged with murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of Zachariah Wallace, 17, in Middletown, appeared in Butler County Common Pleas Court Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

A Middletown man charged in the shooting death of a teen last month will be back in Butler County Common Pleas Court in February.

Mezahn Demarco Amison, 21, of Manchester Avenue, is facing charges of murder and felonious assault for allegedly killing Zachariah Wallace, 17, on Dec. 6.

Amison remains housed in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bond set by Judge Jennifer McElfresh. He is scheduled to be back in front of the judge on Feb. 13 for a pre-trial hearing.

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A document filed by prosecutors lists evidence in the case and says 19 witnesses, mostly police officers, may be called at trial. Three interviews with people, including one by Amison, Facebook photos and Sprint cell phone records are among the evidence listed.

Middletown police arrested Amison within hours of the shooting that happened just before 6:30 p.m. and charged him with murder and tampering with evidence in Wallace’s death.

Friends, family and the community marked the teen’s death with candles, a bandana and poinsettias. It was the third memorial erected in the city at homicide locations since December 2018.

Wallace was not a student at Middletown Schools, according to district officials. He was a former student of Marshall High School, an alternative school, but was not enrolled there at the time of the shooting.

Middletown Police Maj. Scott Reeve said the shooting was the result of an “ongoing conflict” between Wallace and Amison.

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Amison saw Wallace walking on Manchester Avenue, got out of a vehicle and “shot (Wallace) five times, causing his death,” according to court documents.

Amison drove to Trenton, where officers found him on Mars Drive.

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