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A Youngstown man is facing the death penalty for fatally shooting a woman holding a 5-month-old baby and trying to kill another man nearby.
Willie G. Wilks Jr., 41, of Elm Street, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications for fatally shooting Orora Wilkins, 20, Tuesday on the city’s North Side.
Wilks was also charged a lesser murder charge and two counts of attempted murder for shooting Alexander Morales, 24, and shooting near the five-month-old baby. He is also facing two counts of felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm into a home and having weapons despite being prohibited to do so by law.
The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force apprehended Wilkins on Wednesday following a short car and foot chase outside the Rockford Village Apartments on Youngstown’s East Side.
Police found a semiautomatic handgun and $1,680 after the chase.
Wilks, police said shot Wilkins and Morales at about 5 p.m. Tuesday while the two were sitting on the front porch 725 Park Ave. when Wilks fired shots. Police said he was seeking Wilkins’ brother.
Morales was shot trying to get back into the house, police said. The 5-month-old belongs to Wilkins’ best friend, Renea Jenkins.