Mom arrested for intimidating witnesses set to testify against her son

On October 19, 2013, Shakwon Jamison (17) was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault, Carrying w/o License,  Possession of Firearm by Minor, and Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance after an incident on the 1800 block of Green St.  Harrisburg Police responded to a shots fired call and learned that the defendant had allegedly brandished a concealed firearm and fired a shot at a 17 year old classmate with whom he had a disagreement with a month earlier.  Additionally, detectives located a quantity of marijuana package for sale in the defendant’s vehicle.  Following arrest the defendant was arraigned, given unsecured bail, and directed not to contact the victim/witnesses.  Since Jamison is accused of using a firearm in the commission of these crimes he was automatically charged as an adult rather than in juvenile court.

The defendant’s first preliminary hearing was scheduled for December 10, 2013; however all Commonwealth witnesses failed to appear and a continuance was granted.  Subsequently Harrisburg Police learned that Jamison’s mom, Gina Murray, had allegedly paid the victim $100 to write a coached letter that exonerated her son.  Further, witnesses stated that they were repeatedly harassed in an attempt to silence their testimony.  Following Jamison’s preliminary hearing today (Jan. 16, 2014), officers of the Harrisburg Police arrested Gina Murray on site, charging her with Intimidation of a Witness and Hindering Apprehension/Prosecution.

Jamison’s charges were all held for court, and he was remanded to DCP on $200,000 bail.  Murray is now also in DCP on $50,000.

Deputy District Attorney Joel Hogentogler handled the preliminary hearing for the Commonwealth. 

Note:  Jamison and Murrays' charges are an accusation at this time and they are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.