Cuyahoga County

Two Cleveland men guilty of murder and assault



James Alexander

Willie Reginald Wilson Jr.

Cleveland – A Cuyahoga County jury has found two Cleveland men guilty of murdering a young mother and seriously wounding her brother, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Willie Wilson Jr., 20, and James Alexander, 18, both of Cleveland, were each found guilty on 15 counts including Aggravated Murder, Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Felonious Assault and Kidnapping. Wilson was also found guilty by the court of one count of Having Weapons Under Disability.

On April 14, 2015, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Wilson and Alexander broke into an apartment on E. 99th Street in Cleveland, and shot the 17-year-old male victim who was asleep on the floor. Wilson and Alexander then proceeded to the rear of the apartment and shot the 19-year-old female victim while she was asleep in a bed with her two-year-old child. Her one-year-old child was asleep in a crib next to the bed.

A family friend who was asleep in the home as well, but unharmed, called 911 and requested emergency assistance. The 19-year-old mother was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where she died from gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen. Her brother, the 17-year-old victim, was transported to Metro Health Medical Center, where he was treated for critical injuries. Both children were taken to the hospital and cleared medically.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Corrigan said he will sentence Wilson and Alexander on March 15th.

Alexander has another active criminal case in Cuyahoga County, which was bound over from Juvenile Court. He faces Felonious Assault charges for beating a woman last June.

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