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Verdict In For 2012 Holton Street Murder

By: Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett Email
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UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
November 7, 2013 7pm

A jury deliberated for just over an hour before coming back with a not guilty verdict in a Tallahassee murder trial.

It found Kendrick Rollison not guilty in the shooting death of
Corashun Houston.

Houston was shot and killed near the corner of Osceola and Holton streets back in January 2012.

Co-defendant Michael Hall will be tried at a later date.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
November 5, 2013 6pm

A Tallahassee man is now on trial. He's accused of pulling the trigger at his friend's command.

Kendrick Rollison is accused of killing Corashun Houston outside a neighborhood grocery at the corner of Osceola and Holton.

"My cousin never made it past that fence," Charles Rozier told the jury, "he got shot before he even made it past the fence."

Charles Rozier testified he tried to put himself between his cousin and a semi-automatic pistol, but the bullet still found Corahsun Houston and knocked him to the pavement.

"He kept saying 'I love you' and I said 'I love you too man' but don't go to talking like that, I ain't fixin to let you go...you not fixin to die," Rozier said.

Rozier was one of the first to testify against Kendrick Rollison. Rollison is accused of shooting 22 year old Corashun Houston
back in January 2012 after Houston got the better of his friend, Michael Hall, in a fist fight.

Rozier contends Hall tossed the gun to Rollison and told him to shoot.

"You seen the (expletive) just hit me in the mouth, you ain't going to shoot him?" Rozier testified.

"There is not anything connecting him (Rollison) to this murder except the testimony of Mr. Rozier," defense attorney John Eagan told the jury.

The defense attorney contends Rozier didn't actually see Rollison pull the trigger. He says there is no DNA linking Rollison to the crime and suggested anyone encircling the fight could have fired the fatal shot.

"There is no smoking gun in this case, ladies and gentlemen," Eagan told the jury.

Jurors listened to a panicked Charles Rozier screaming into the phone as he called 911.

The ambulance, Rozier testified, didn't get there fast enough, so he flagged down a motorist, put Houston in her car and prayed he'd get to the hospital in time. He didn't.

Testimony in Rollison's trial could last the rest of the week.

Michael Hall is also charged in connection with Houston's murder. He'll be tried separately at a later date.


By Julie Montanaro
November 5, 2013, 10am

Kendrick Rollison is now on trial for the 2012 murder of Corashun Houston. Houston was shot and killed near the corner of Osceola and Holton Streets.

Prosecutors contend that Rollison shot and killed Houston after Houston got into a fist fight with Rollison's friend Michael Hall.

Prosecutors say Hall lost the fight and then tossed a gun to Rollison and told him to shoot.

They contend after Rollison pulled the trigger, he and his friends stole Houston's car.

Defense attorneys say Kendrick Rollison did not shoot anyone. They claim there is no physical evidence linking Rollison to the murder, and no other evidence except the testimony of Houston's cousin who was at the scene that day.

"There is no smoking gun," defense attorney John Eagan told the jury.

Eagan claims Houston had a gun in his possession during the fight.

Michael Hall also faces charges in Houston's death. He'll be tried at a later date.


By: Julie Montanaro
February 22, 2012

Michael Hall and Kendrick Rollison were indicted today by a Leon County grand jury for first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a delinquent. Hall was also indicted on an additional charge of aggravated assault.

Hall and Rollison are accused in the January 12 shooting death of Corashun Houston.


UPDATE 1-18-2012
Tallahassee, FL -- Prosecutors announce this afternoon that Michael Hall, 17, will be tried as an adult for the murder of Corashun Houston. Assistant state attorney Eric Trombley says he will direct file the charges tomorrow.


Tallahassee Police arrested two men Friday in connection with the city's first homicide.

Police arrested 22-year-old Kendrick Rollison and 17-year-old Michael Hall. Police say both men are wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Corashun Houston. Houston was shot and killed Thursday night near Holton and Osceola Streets.

Both Hall and Rollison face first-degree murder charges. Rollison made his first appearance Saturday. He was held without bond at the Leon County Jail. Hall also remains in custody.

Police do not expect to make any further arrest at this time.


By: Lanetra Bennett
January 13, 2012, 6:48pm

Tallahassee Police are still on the hunt for the person who shot and killed a 22-year-old man Thursday night.

Tallahassee resident Randell Walker says he tried to make a quick trip to the corner store at Holton and Osceola Streets around 11:00 Thursday night.

He says, "Police had got there, had everything tapped off."

Police had been there since around 8:00 when they got a call that someone had been shot.

Officers say it was 22-year-old Corashun Houston.

Walker says, "It's getting bad. They need to patrol the area better or do something. Get these guns and stuff off the street. I'm kind of scared to even come out the house at night now with stuff like this happening all the time."

Police say Houston was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after the shooting, and ended up dying there.

Whoever killed him got away.

Area resident Janet Love says, "It's disappointing. Crime happens everywhere, but, when it's closer to home, it really affects you. It really makes you think, be more careful, be more observant."

Investigators say they've been talking to witnesses. Officers made sure to have a strong presence in the area on Friday.

Love says, "It's a community thing. We have to work together for things to be better."

We do not know a motive in this fatal shooting.

Police are still looking for the suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS.

We'll keep you posted on wctv.tv as soon as we learn of any updates.


UPDATED
January 13, 2012, 12pm

Tallahassee Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a young man. Officers say it happened last night near Osceola and Holton Streets.

Police say the shooting happened at a corner store on Holton Street. Many customers have been getting the news as they stop by the popular store.

Tallahassee police say they got the call about a shooting around 8:00 last night.

Police say 22-year-old Corashun Houston was shot, and taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Officers say Houston later died in the hospital.

Community members with information about this case are asked to call TPD at 891-4200 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. As always, you can remain anonymous and can be eligible for a cash reward.

At this time, TPD investigators say they are interviewing witnesses and actively seeking the suspects in this case.

We've have seen several police cars patrolling the area. Stay with Eyewitness News as new information becomes available.


UPDATED
January 13, 2012 10:30am

On January 12, 2012 at approximately 7:56p.m., the Tallahassee Police Department was called to the area of Osceola Street and Holton Street for a reported shooting. Further investigation revealed the victim had been shot and was at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, TPD investigators are interviewing witnesses and actively seeking the suspects in this case. As more information becomes available, updates will be disseminated by TPD.

Community members with information about this case are asked to call TPD at 891-4200 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information and you may be eligible for a cash reward. Please remember, if you see something, say something, do something

Victim: Corashun K. Houston Black Male DOB: 07/01/89


By: Julie Montanaro
January 13, 2012, 9:45am

A Tallahassee Police spokesman says officers are investigating a shooting at the corner of Holton and Osceola. It happened Thursday evening at 8pm.

TPD Spokesman Dave Northway says the shooting was fatal.

We'll share more details as soon we get them.


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