Posted: 7:49 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

2 released in Dayton homicide probe


2 released in Dayton homicide probe photo
Marissa Ball
2 released in Dayton homicide probe photo
Zachary Wilson

By Katie Wedell

Staff Writer


The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said more evidence is needed to hold two people Dayton police arrested over the weekend in the shooting death last week of 21-year-old Jonathan Scott Rogers.

Rogers’ brother said Monday that as far as his family knows, the victim didn’t know the two arrested individuals.

Zachary Wilson, 22, was arrested Saturday evening and Marissa Jane Ball, 18, was arrested Sunday afternoon. Both were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder and had an initial bond hearing on Monday.

The prosecutor’s office chose Monday not to pursue charges against Wilson and Ball and they were to be released from jail pending further investigation by detectives, according to Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office.

Ball referenced Rogers’ death repeatedly on her Facebook page since last Wednesday, denying claims by others that she was involved and saying she never met Rogers.

“If I wanted him dead I would have did it my damn self!” she wrote in response to posts from a friend of Rogers.

The morning after the fatal shooting on Demphle Avenue, Ball, who goes by Rissa Sosa on Facebook and says she lives in Chicago, said, “Don’t you love the way Karma works? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, period! One for the feds cuz you know he dead! #BANG.” (SIC)

It is unknown if or how Ball and Wilson were associated with Rogers. Neither has ever been convicted of a criminal offense in Dayton, according to court records.

Police said they are investigating the motive as a robbery.

Rogers’ brother Billy Flynn said Monday that the news of the arrests over the weekend was bittersweet.

“We want to make sure they get the right people,” he said.

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