Thursday, October 23, 2014
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DA: Mom jailed for intimidating witnesses to son's crime

A Harrisburg mother joined her 17-year-old son in prison after she allegedly intimidated witnesses slated to testify against the teen.

Harrisburg police on Oct. 19 arrested Shakwon Jamison, 17, for allegedly firing a gunshot at a classmate, also 17, over an argument the two had a month earlier. Detectives also found marijuana packaged for sale inside Jamison’s vehicle, according to a release from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.

Jamison was charged as an adult with aggravated assault, possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and firearm offenses. He was released on unsecured bail and prohibited from contacting the victim or any witnesses.

But when it came time for Jamison’s first preliminary hearing, slated for Dec. 10, all the witnesses set to testify against him failed to appear, according to prosecutors. The judge granted a continuance.

Harrisburg police then learned Jamison’s mom, Gina Murray, allegedly paid the victim $100 to write a “coached” letter exonerating her son, the release stated. Witnesses in the case also allegedly told authorities they were “repeatedly harassed in an attempt to silence their testimony.”

Jamison’s preliminary hearing was successfully held Thursday, and he was jailed at the Dauphin County Prison on $200,000 bail. Harrisburg police arrested Murray onsite immediately following the hearing. She is charged with intimidating a witness and hindering prosecution. Murray joined her son in Dauphin County Prison, where she's being held on $50,000 bail.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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