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Arrest made in Youngstown murder that led police to New Philadelphia

| February 1, 2024
Jules Freeman (Mahoning County Sheriff's Office Inmate Information)

YOUNGSTOWN (WJER) (February 1, 2024) – Youngstown Police have arrested a suspect in a murder case with ties to New Philadelphia.

Police say 21-year-old Jules Freeman turned himself in Wednesday after a warrant was issued the day before.

The warrant charges Freeman with complicity to commit murder for the Jan. 22 shooting death of 23-year-old Allen Pierce-May in Youngstown.

Police had executed a search warrant in New Philadelphia on Jan. 23 prior to arresting Freeman.

Youngstown police aren’t providing many details, including the case’s connection to New Philadelphia. No address is listed for Freeman in Youngstown Municipal Court documents.

However, New Philadelphia Municipal Court documents show Jules Freeman of New Philadelphia was charged with possession of cocaine last week and released on $25,000 bond. That felony case is under grand jury review.

A press release from Youngstown Police says the victim, Allen Pierce-May, was shot on Evergreen Avenue near Erie Street and died at Mercy Health. He was shot about a half mile from where his 10-year-old sister was shot and killed in 2021. That case is unsolved. Pierce-May’s obituary lists him as the Beautification Director of the Persayus Way Project. That nonprofit organization is named after his late sister. It’s goal is to reduce violence and clean up the neighborhood.

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