Man indicted in latest Middletown shooting death

Published: Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 6:00 AM

Mezahn Demarco Amison, 21, appeared for arraignment in Middletown Municipal Court Monday, Dec. 9. Amison is charge with murder in the shooting death of Zachary Wallace, 16, who died after being shot Friday, Dec. 6 in Middletown.

A Middletown man has been indicted for the shooting death of a teen earlier this month.

Mezahn Demarco Amison, 21, of Manchester Avenue, was indicted Friday by a Butler County grand jury for murder and felonious assault in the death of Zachariah Wallace, 17, of Middletown.

Wallace was shot five times at about 6:25 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the area of Casper and Inglehart streets. He died at Atrium Medical Center minutes later.

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Middletown Police arrested Amison within hours of the shooting and charged him with murder and tampering with evidence in Wallace’s death.

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Last week, Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron arraigned Amison and set his bond at $1 million.

Amison was scheduled to be back in municipal court today for a preliminary hearing, but that will not happen because the case was presented directly to a grand jury.

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

On Dec. 14, 2018, Benny Barefield was shot in his car outside his house on Ninth Avenue. Barefield’s red Buick Lucerne rolled to the corner of Yankee Road and Ninth Avenue, where it crashed into a stop sign. A memorial remains at that location, but a large photo of Barefield has been removed due to vandalism, according to family members.

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Barefield’s homicide remains unsolved.

Just a few blocks away, Michael Stewart II was shot and killed in his home on Oct. 12. A day later, candles in a memorial were burning on the porch near the front door. Three teens have been charged in connection with Stewart’s death.

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.

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. A 16-year-old boy with Amison was charged with obstructing official business.