Death penalty possible for suspect in Parsons Ave. double fatal shooting

Roy Lee Harvison

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) A Columbus man accused of killing his estranged wife and her brother now faces the death penalty.

Roy Lee Harvison, 25, was indicted on Thursday by a Franklin County Grand Jury.


Police said he shot and killed 29-year-old Jenae Harvison and 23-year-old Donell McDonald in a parking lot on April 1st.

Harvison faces two counts of aggravated murder for allegedly stalking and shooting his estranged estranged wife and his brother in-law.

He plead not guilty to those charges and his attorneys waived his bond.

The Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien explained how the two were killed..

“It is alleged he first shot McDonald who was siting in a car, then shot Jenae as she ran away,” he said. “Then he came back and shot Donnel again and then shot his wife as she laid on the ground there,” Obrien said.

He said Harvison planned the killing ahead of time and that along with other factors make him eligible for the death penalty.

“It is alleged Mr. Harivson went to the child care center at Kossoth and Parsons Avenue stalking his estranged wife,” he said.

Columbus police officers were nearby, responded, but not in time to save the two.

“There were two police officers on Parsons who engaged the suspect and exchanged fire with him,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said Harvison’s defense team waived his preliminary hearing, because more time was needed to decide how to proceed with the case. The shooting happened April 1 and the grand jury indicted him on Thursday. Harvison also faces firearm specifications. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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