Stevenson could face homicide charges, Imes dies

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 11:19 AM
Stevenson could face homicide charges, Imes dies by Karlee Dies
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Former Edinboro University student Devin Stevenson, who is accused of shooting two students in a marijuana deal gone wrong nearly one year ago, could face homicide charges after one victim has died.

According to The Erie Times News, Erie County Assistant District Attorney Nathaniel Strasser said victim, O’Shae Imes, passed away on March 19, almost one year after the initial shooting, at Strong Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Rochester, New York.

Strasser told Erie Times that Imes, who was shot in the torso and leg, had never recovered from his injuries from the March 20, 2015 shooting just off of Edinboro’s campus.

Stevenson had been scheduled to stand trial on May 9 in Erie County Court on charges of two counts of attempted homicide and other related charges for the shooting of Imes and student Andrew Baker.

Strasser filed a motion Tuesday to request a medical exam of Imes from the Monroe County Medical Examiner in Rochester. If the exam determines that Imes died as a result of the shooting, Strasser told Erie Times he plans to charge Stevenson with homicide.

If the medical exam reveals that the shooting was not the cause of death, the case will be refiled with the original charges. Those charges include attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with intent to deliver.

The authorities in Rochester stated the medical exam report could take months to complete.

Stevenson remains free on $15,000 bond while he attends Clarion University.

He is accused of shooting and injuring students Andrew Baker and Imes in an off-campus Meadville street apartment. Stevenson told police he acted in self-defense after he said he was robbed.

A witness who was inside the apartment at the time described a series of events which included Imes yelling repeatedly “Give it to me” followed by five to seven gunshots and Baker saying, “Why did you shoot?” Another voice was reportedly heard saying, “Give me the bag.” The witness said Baker then came to his room and prompted him to call 911.

Police found Imes covered in blood lying in the hallway. They also reportedly found marijuana on the floor.

Stevenson was a sophomore at Edinboro University at the time of the shooting, but the university suspended him and banned him from campus immediately following the incident.

Karlee Dies is the managing editor of news at The Spectator. She can be reached at

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