YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a Youngstown man, charging him with aggravated murder Thursday in connection with the death of his stepmother.
According to a grand jury report, James Jarrell, 33, is charged with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.
Pittsburgh Police arrested Jarrell in July, saying they found him driving a car stolen from the Youngstown murder scene.
Police said Jarrell is the stepson of Tina Jarrell, 55, who was found by her husband Bob inside their Wellington Avenue home around midnight on July 7 after being beaten to death.
Bob Jarrell, James’ father, told WKBN in July that James has had a history of drug problems.
Investigators said Bob Jarrell arrived home from work and found the garage door open and his wife’s car gone. He thought at first that she had gone to the store.
When he went inside, he found his wife in the living room face down, unresponsive and covered in blood. Jarrell said that he immediately knew his wife was dead and ran next door to tell a neighbor to call 911.