Two Akron men were charged in a federal indictment Aug. 30 with attempted murder and related charges for shooting a woman July 3 in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, according to Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.
DeZay M. Ely, 27, and Raymond T. Moore III, 26, are both charged with attempted murder and using and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Ely is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.
According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Moore is accused of driving both Ely and the 18-year-old woman, whose family requested she not be identified, to a site in the park so Ely could test a gun he bought. Ely and the 18-year-old woman got out of the car and “walked around the corner, about 20-30 steps away from the vehicle,” stated an FBI news release.
After shooting the gun “a couple times,” the victim said Ely told her the gun had jammed and when she looked over at him, she said he shot her three times in the head, according to court documents.
“After being shot, the female heard Ely run away and the car drive off,” stated the news release.
The woman was found by runners July 3 lying in a Peninsula field within the park. She was taken to the hospital “where it was determined she suffered three gunshot wounds to her head and face,” a FBI news release stated. She was identified a few days later after her family reported her missing.
Ely of Akron was arrested on Aug. 12 and Moore was arrested Aug. 18. Both had a preliminary examination/detention hearing on Aug. 24 before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kathleen D. Burke.