NEW INFO: Stewart Jordan Rejects Plea Deal in Huntington Murder

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/12/12@ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the two men charged with the murder of Mark Lowry is saying no to a plea deal.

As a result, the murder trial for 19-year-old Stewart Jordan is now set for next month.

Lowry, 48, was shot and killed while in his SUV. It happened in an alley adjacent to the 1600-block of 11th Avenue in July 2011. Lowry’s wife and 19-year-old stepson were also in the vehicle but were not hurt.

Jordan was offered a deal that would allow him to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a 15-year sentence. Jordan would have been required to serve 71/2 years of that sentence. He rejected the plea deal during a hearing Friday morning in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Last year, Rajion Mayo, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery for his role in the crime. Judge Paul Farrell sentenced Mayo to 20 years on the robbery charge and 30 years on the murder charge to be served consecutively. Mayo should be out of prison when he is 69-years-old.

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UPDATE 12/2/11@ 9:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The teen who pleaded guilty to the murder of the Mark Lowry learned his prison sentence Friday morning.

In September, Rajion Mayo, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Lowry, 48, was shot and killed while in his SUV. It happened in an alley adjacent to the 1600-block of 11th Avenue on July 27. Lowry’s wife and 19-year-old stepson were also in the vehicle but were not hurt.

During the hearing Friday morning, Judge Paul Farrell sentenced Mayo to 20 years on the robbery charge and 30 years on the murder charge. The sentences will be served consecutively. Mayo should be out of prison when he is 69-years-old.

"I never thought for a million years that I would be in jail for murder, and then with the robbery on top of it, your honor, this is not where I am supposed to be," said Mayo. "I know I broke the law, I was dead wrong and I deserve to be punished."

The robbery conviction is not related to the murder, but the robbery of a couple pushing their child in a stroller near the gazebo in Ritter Park in March 2010.

Mayo apologized to all of the families involved before being sentenced.

"I know that saying sorry can't take the pain away, but I feel that both families need to know that I have sympathy for what I did," said Mayo. "I can only imagine how they are feeling."

Stewart Jordan, 18, also faces first degree murder charges in connection with Lowry’s death. His case is still going through the court system.



UPDATE 9/16/11@ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the two men charged in the shooting death of Mark Lowry had pleaded guilty.

Friday morning, Rajion Mayo pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Lowry, 48, was shot and killed while in his SUV. It happened in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue on July 27. Lowry’s wife and 19-year-old stepson were also in the vehicle but not hurt.

Mayo was facing a three count indictment. Not only was he charged with murder, but one count of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery in a pair of unrelated incidents.

Mayo is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 17.



UPDATE 3/3/11@ 3:10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The two men charged with the shooting death of Mark Lowry during an attempted robbery were in court Thursday.

Stewart Jordan and Rajion Mayo, both 18, were arraigned in Cabell County Circuit Court after being indicted by a grand jury last month.

Lowry, 48, was shot and killed while in his SUV. It happened in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue on July 27. Lowry’s wife and 19-year-old step-son were also in the vehicle but not hurt.

Mayo faces a three count indictment. Not only is he charged with murder, but one count of 1st degree robbery and one count of attempted 1st degree robbery in a pair of unrelated incidents. Jordan is only charged with murder.

The indictment says both men opened fire on Lowry who died of a single gunshot wound.

They will be back in court March 31.



UPDATE 1/31/11 @ 2:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The wife of a Huntington man shot to death back in July has learned how much time she will spend in prison after admitting to being involved with a Detroit drug organization operating in Huntington

In October, Terri Lynette Burns, 43. pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

Monday, Burns was sentenced to 71 months in a federal prison during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

In August, a federal grand jury indicted Burns on a charge of aiding and abetting in the distribution of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine on or about May 6, 2009, in Huntington.

The investigation revealed that Burns brokered several drug deals between a confidential informant and members of a Detroit known as the “Cash Out Crips.”

Burns, who now goes by Terri Lowry, was with her husband, Mark, 48, when he was shot and killed in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue on July 27.



UPDATE 10/26/10 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The wife of a Huntington man shot to death back in July has admitted to being involved in a Detroit drug organization operating in Huntington.

On Monday, Terri Lynette Burns, 43, pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge in U.S. District Court in Huntington.

Burns, who now goes by Terri Lowry, was with her husband, Mark, 48, when he was shot and killed in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue on July 27.

In August, a federal grand jury indicted Burns on a charge of aiding and abetting in the distribution of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine on or about May 6, 2009, in Huntington.

Burns faces five to 40 years in prison and a $2M fine when she is sentenced in January.

The U.S. Attorney says the conviction stems from an investigation conducted by the Huntington Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The investigation revealed that Burns brokered several drug deals between a confidential informant and members of a Detroit known as the “Cash Out Crips.”

The controlled drug purchases occurred at a residence on Hillside Drive in Huntington.

As part of her plea agreement, Burns stipulated that she has distributed crack cocaine and other illegal drugs in and around Huntington.

She also facilitated drug transactions by connecting members of the drug organization with customers, provided housing for drug dealers, posted bond for members of the organization, and participated in trips to and from Detroit to transport cocaine base.



UPDATE 9/20/10 @ 1:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rajion Mayo was back in court today ready for a preliminary hearing.

Previously his hearings were continued, today was slightly different.

Once again Mayo's hearing didn't happen, but this time he waived his hearing.

It has now been bound over to the Grand Jury. A jury of his peers will now hear evidence in his case and will decide if he should be indicted on the charges.

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UPDATE 8/31/10 @ 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For a second time in just over a week a preliminary hearing for Rajion "Johnny" Mayo was continued.

Mayo is charged with1st degree murder in the shooting death of Mark Lowry.

On Tuesday,Mayo's attorney withdrew from the case due to conflict of interest with a potential witness in this case that he represented in a non-related case.

A new hearing date was not set on Tuesday.



UPDATE 8/23/10 @ 1:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A preliminary hearing for Rajion "Johnny" Mayo was continued on Monday after he waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.

Mayo is charged with1st degree murder in the shooting death of Mark Lowry.

A new hearing date was set for August 31.



UPDATE 8/13/10 @ 5 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rajion "Johnny" Mayo was arraigned Friday in Wood County on First Degree Murder charges.

Huntington Police named Mayo a suspect in the murder Mark Lowry on Wednesday.

At the time of his arrest, Mayo was being held in a juvenile facility in the Parkersburg area on an unrelated charge.

Following his arraignment, Mayo was transported to the Western Regional Jail.

His next court appearance is set for August 23 in Cabell County.

A 17-year-old is also charged in the murder. He is still being held in a juvenile center on an unrelated charge. No word if he will be tried as an adult.

According to the criminal complaint, police say that both Mayo and the juvenile discharged their weapons. They also say robbery was the motive for the shooting.

UPDATE 8/12/10 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Forgiven, but not forgotten. Those are the words from the widow of a man shot in a Huntington parking lot two weeks ago as police make arrests in the case. Two teenage boys now face charges in the murder. We talked with Lowry's widow and people might be surprised about her concern for the suspects.

Interestingly bill, she's glad to see justice is being served, but wonders what kind of justice this is when teenagers will probably waste the rest of their lives behind bars over this.

Mark and Terri Lowry were only married seven months ago. But, Terri says during that time, her new husband changed her life for the better. But, that was all cut abruptly short when he was shot and killed July 27th in a Huntington parking lot. She says they were turning around after missing their turn when several teenagers came out and started shooting.
Rajion Mayo, also known as Johnny, who's 18 and a 17-year-old have been charged in the crime.

Terri says, “I've known of Johnny since he was a child. He went to school with a family member. When I saw his face that night, I recognized him and was able to pick him out from a photo line-up after the shooting.”

Terri didn't want to talk on camera, but did want to share her story and these photos of her and mark in wedded bliss. She says Mark was a good person always mentoring young men and even praying with them. She says she has no idea why these boys targeted them that night.

“We believe at this time the motive is robbery,” said Lt. John Williams.

Lt. Williams says this attack was not a random act of violence. He believes Mark, Terri and her 19-year-old son were in the area for some type of meeting with the individuals.

Terri says the teens pointed a gun at her too, but that gun jammed sparing her life.

“Unfortunately, the other boy's gun pointed at Mark didn't jam and as he reached over to protect me, he got shot in the side. That bullet went straight to his heart. His last words to me were, ‘I've been shot before he slumped over and died," said Terri.

“Of course, we’re glad to have these suspects off the street. It’s an unfortunate incident for all individuals all the way around,” said Lt. Williams.

Terri says God forgives these boys for what they've done and so does she. Both were already in juvenile facilities for charges not related to this crime--Mayo for robbery and the 17-year-old for escape from home confinement.

We talked with Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles and he said he can't comment yet on whether the 17-year-old will be charged as an adult, but he says history shows the county typically moves in that direction in cases like this.

On another note, Terri Lowry was recently indicted on a federal drug charge for selling crack back in May. She denies those charges.



UPDATE 8/12/10 @ 11:45 a.m..
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have released new information concerning the two teens charged with the murder of Mark Lowry.

Lowry, 48, was shot and killed while in his car. It happened in an alley adjacent to the 1600 black of 11th Avenue on July 27 . Lowry’s wife and step-son were also reported to be in the car, but not injured.

On Wednesday, Huntington Police arrested 18-year-old Rajion Mayo and a 17-year old male. Both are being charged with the murder.

Lt. John Williams tells WSAZ.com that the motive for the shooting was robbery, and that Lowry had driven to the location for some type of meeting with the teens.

Lt. Williams says both teens were already in a juvenile detention center on when they were arrested for the murder. Mayo was in the center on a robbery charge, while the other juvenile was there for escaping from home confinement.

Williams says Mayo is now in process of being transferred from that juvenile center to the Western Regional Jail. Mayo could be arraigned on the murder charge in Cabell County Magistrate Court sometime Thursday.

Police say they would like to see the 17-year-old tried as an adult, but the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney has the final say on that.

Chris Chiles tells WSAZ.com he can’t say right now whether that will happen.

Last week, we reported that a 16-year-old was being questioned in connection with the crime.

Williams says that interview along with canvass of the neighborhood led to Wednesday’s arrests.

No word yet whether that 16-year-old will also faces charges in the case.



UPDATE 8/11/10 @ 5:10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- Two arrests have been made in connection with the murder of Mark Lowry.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com that Rajion Mayo, 18, of Huntington and a 17-year-old juvenile, also of Huntington have been arrested.

Both suspects were already being held in a juvenile detention center on unrelated charges.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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UPDATE 8/10/10 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- A woman whose husband was shot to death in Huntington last month now faces an unrelated federal drug charge.

A criminal information was filed in the U.S. District Court in Huntington last Thursday.

The "information" charges Terri Lynette Burns with aiding and abetting in the distribution of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine on or about May 6, 2009, in Huntington.

Burns, now Terri Lowry, was with her husband, Mark, when he was shot and killed in an alley adjacent to the 1600 black of 11th Avenue on July 27.

Police have not made an arrest in the murder case. They did detain a 16-year-old male for questioning last week.

Lowry tells a Huntington newspaper that she is innocent of the drug charge.



UPDATE 8/4/10 @ 8:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Huntington Police are talking to a 16-year-old about what he may know about the shooting death of Mark Lowry.

Lieutenant John Williams says the teen was picked up earlier this week on an unrelated charge.

Williams says the teen is just one of a number of people officers have interviewed.

He did not want to classify the teen as person of interest in the case.

Officers say Mark Lowry, 48, from Huntington was shot around 7:30 p.m. on July 27 in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue.

A family member drove Lowry to the hospital where he later died.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/27/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say a man shot Tuesday night in Huntington has died.

Officers say Mark Lowry, 48, from Huntington was shot around 7:30 p.m. in an alley adjacent to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue. That is near the Fairfield Apartment building.

Lowry was driven to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he died.

Huntington Police have interviewed several witnesses, but have not made an arrest in the murder.

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