AGGRAVATED MURDER INDICTMENT FILED ON 21 YEAR OLD PICKERINGTON MAN FOR DOUBLE MURDERS OF FORMER SCHOOLMATES
Posted on 8/4/2016
Defendant: Connor Carrington Jeffries
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man approached the victim’s vehicle parked at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car and opened fire at them, which resulted in both of the victim’s deaths”. Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on Connor Carrington Jeffries, age 21, in connection to the April 5, 2016 double murders of his former Pickerington classmates Gary Ashton Francis, age 20, and James Earl Miller, age 21, that occurred in the parking lot at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car located at 6501 Tussing Road on the east side of town. The counts in the indictment include Aggravated Murder and Murder (all with Firearm Specifications), and Tampering With Evidence. “There are multiple charges regarding the two victim deaths because there are different methods to commit the crime of murder and the Prosecutor’s Office typically charges all methods”, O’Brien stated.
It is alleged that on April 5th, 2016 Jeffries and his girlfriend Mia V. Shamis, age 19, drove together to where the victims were sitting in their vehicle. Surveillance video shows Jeffries got out of the vehicle, approached the victims sitting in their car, opened fire on them, and then Jeffries and his girlfriend fled the scene. “Mia Shamis waived her right to a grand jury indictment and on June 1st, Shamis plead guilty to a bill of information for Involuntary Manslaughter with a Gun Specification in connection to the shooting. As part of her plea, she will testify against Jeffries during his trial”, O’Brien stated. Also, as a condition of her plea, both the defense and prosecution have made a recommendation that she receive a seven year prison sentence. Arraignment for Jeffries is set for Monday, August 8th, 2016, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 South High Street.