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Handgun found in Clifford Avenue raid linked to triple homicide on Chili Avenue

Updated: 03/03/2014 6:33 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 10:39 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

News10NBC has new information tonight involving several people who were arrested in connection with a triple homicide. We found out several new details surrounding the investigation.

Six people have been arrested and are facing drug charges. Carlos White, 38, 25-year-old Jessica Leonard, 34-year-old Andrew Christopher McFarlane, 34-year-old Marlando Anthony Allen, 21-year-old Steve Fulcott and 46-year-old Ronald Jefferson are charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon. Officers say they were taken into custody at an apartment on Clifford Avenue.

Investigators say when they searched the apartment they found 80 pounds of marijuana and two guns. Police believe one of the guns was used to kill Jacquelyn and Jermeliah  Simmons. The two women were cousins and the mothers of small children. A third victim is Michael Nelson was also killed.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says even though they haven't charged anyone with murder, they are confident the community is safe tonight with these six people in jail.

According to court paperwork, each of the victims were shot multiple times in the head and torso. Jacquelyn Simmons was found in a bathtub, her cousin, Jermeliah Simmons, was found on a second story porch and Michael Nelson was found face down in a bed.

     

We’re also learning new information about the people arrested. Police will not say how or if the suspects knew the three victims, but according to court paperwork, two of the suspects Carlos White and Jessica Leonard were dating.

In the documents, police say White admitted he has sold marijuana for years to "support his family."News10NBC also found out White served jail time in 2002 for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

      

As for the other suspects, we're told Andre McFarlane and Marlando Allen are illegal residents and McFarlane has been deported four times. The U.S. attorney says this case is just picking up speed.  

William Hochul, U.S. attorney, said, “Our goal in the long run is simple whoever killed Jacqueline and Jermeliah Simmons and Michael Nelson. They can never again walk the streets of this community or any community and second we need justice.”

All six suspects will be back in court later this week for a preliminary hearing.



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