Teen Found Guilty of Murder in November Shooting of Cleveland Heights Boy

Dominique King is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 2 in the shooting death of 16-year-old Artwon Oliver in Cleveland Heights.

A jury has found 19-year-old Dominique King guilty on two counts of murder in the of Cleveland Heights teen Artwon Oliver near the corner of Superior and Lee roads.

King, of Cleveland, was also found guilty on other charges including felonious assault and aggravated riot, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court records filed today. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

King also pleaded for trying to grab a police officer's gun after the in June 2011.

, Antonio Kirk, 18, of Euclid, Jamal Cammack, 18, of Cleveland and Thomas White, 20, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to other charges and will be sentenced in July. Kirk and Cammack pleaded guilty to aggravated riot and White pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with evidence. Kirk, who appeared in court June 13, will be sentenced July 6 and Cammack and White, who appeared in court June 18, will be sentenced July 9.

King was found guilty June 22, according to court documents filed today. All suspects originally .

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said in an interview in November that before the shooting on Nov. 26, Artwon and a group of about six left a party and headed to the on Superior and Lee for snacks.

As they were leaving the gas station, Robertson said one, possibly two cars pulled up to the store. A group of four men got out, and there was a fight. The received numerous calls of a "large disturbance" in the area around 11:45 p.m, and the callers said that they heard at least one to two gunshots. When police arrived, they saw Artwon laying in the road with a gunshot wound in his chest, just south of Superior on Lee Road.

Artwon was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by a Cleveland Heights rescue squad and later died from his injuries, according to an earlier statement from police.

Officers tried to administer CPR, but he was unresponsive.

Cleveland Heights Patch will update this article when more details are available.

Richard Hollis June 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Let's hope we do not hear from these guys for a long time/
Michelle Simakis (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 07:26 PM
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Ken Adams June 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
ridiculous that a comment gets deleted that tries to show your readers the type of people that walk the streets of cleveland heights
Michelle Simakis (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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Ken Adams June 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I don't know who it would have offended. I never mentioned anything specifically about the death. I only mentiond that it was not a loss to the community. Anyone besides his family, drain on society friends or bleeding heart liberals would agree with me. The police had many dealings with him, his brother, friends who were in his "social group." Unfortunately there are far too many people who would like to keep their heads in the sand and believe that Cleveland Heights is still a great/safe place to live. Would have moved out of this city a long time ago but unfortunately my home has dropped in value and can't afford to do so...that is another topic for a future post
Chaka July 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
You people are pitiful. You don't know what the boy that got killed was into nor do you know if the people that are accused is guilty. That weak evidence doesn't prove anything. Where is the weapon that killed him. Not saying he deserved to have his life taken but when you living foul and hanging with the wrong people, there is no telling what can happen.
Juanita July 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Was justice really served? I've followed this case and there is reasonable doubt. I do not believe this is the person that should be jailed for the murder of Mr. Oliver. I believe b/c the other defendants are gang-related, Mr. King has choosen to remain quiet. If you look at the physical evidence there is none. There wasn't any gun shot residue in Mr. King's car nor on his hands. They didn't even check for GSR on the other gang-related defendants which one was in a different car. What I believe is Mr. King is guilty of befriending the wrong people now he is in a situation where his life has been sadly altered for choosing the wrong friends. P.S. I have never met Mr. King so I do not have a personal interest in his freedom, but I am a strong believer in facts and everything the state presented is questionable (reasonable doubt). If anyone on the jury reads this post, please tell me why the judge sent you back 3 times to come up with an unaminous decision? I also believe the jury was tired b/c of a 3 day deliberation and they did not want to come back the following week. After all they had already been involved with this case for 2 weeks.
Jean Lovin July 02, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I agree with you Chaka, the evidence was weak. Basically the jury went by the testimony of the 4 co-defendant, and 3 of them are members of same gang (TYK - Throw Young Killers aka Zone K). The jury did not do their job, I feel they got tried and wanted to go home. They were sent back 3 times because they could not reach a decision. My personal feeling is that police really need to do their job and stop and settling. What happen to the investigation of the black car? There was evidence connecting King to the shooting. Testimony was given that King was not fighting, is not in a gang, and did not know Artwon Oliver. Testimony was given that some twins were jumping on King's car and busted his window. If he had a gun why didn't he shot them? Justice clearly has not been served and because the police refuse to do their job and the prosecutor just wanted to convict someone, and the jury wanted to go home, and innocent person is going to jail. All I know is there were alot of people out there that night and someone seen the real killer and they need to come forward. My brother was killed and no one has ever been charged in his murder, but I would rather have it that way before I see an innocent person go to jail.
Jean Lovin July 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I meant to say, there was no evidence connecting King to the shooting.
Juror #9 August 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I was on that jury. It was 11 to 1 for conviction on the first vote. The person that was for acquittal thought there was doubt. We all thought there was a doubt, but not beyond a REASONABLE doubt.Yes we were tired, but we would NEVER take our duty as not being as serious as it was. We deliberated for twenty hours.I am offended that you would think that the people on the jury would take a murder case lightly.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
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Pamela September 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Juror #9 How could you and the rest of the jurors sleep knowing that you all convicted a person for murder when you had doubt. The fact that there was doubt says it all. Your post just proves that there is something seriously wrong with our justice system when a juror that was on a jury makes a post on a public site, says "The person that was for acquittal thought there was doubt. We all thought there was a doubt, but not beyond a REASONABLE doubt.Yes we were tired." I really wish you had not posted at all, therefore I would have never known what was going through the jurors minds. One thing I am sure of and that is this is sad. Not only for the Dominique King and his family, but also for the family of Artwon Oliver. Something seriously needs to be done for this injustice.
deon mays September 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
dominique king is my brother in i know for a fact he didnt do it
deon mays September 28, 2012 at 02:02 PM
you let the wrong person out free my brother
Lisa Dorris October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM
This is a tavesty of justice. I was there and I sat through the complete trial and there is no way that Dominique King should have been found guilty of anything. How is it that the only people who are popinting the finger at him are the same people who are being charged with the same crime and they all walk with time served. How could it be that one of the witnesses while watching the video that was taken from the gas station identified the shooter as being around 5'6" and Dominique King is at least 5'9'. Jamal Cammack while admitting to being at the scene, held his allegiance to his gang members testifying that he hoped in the car with the person he just saw shoot someone because that was his only ride home. They drove for about 5 minutes and Dominque King pulled over and handed him (Jamal Cammack) the gun and no words were spoken but he just knew what to do with the gun. After Cammack tosses the gun they dirve to King's house and after having conversation about what just happened they decide to go back for the gun. They never make it back to where the gun was tossed because they see the piolice. So please explain to me, if they drove 5 minutes from the scene to toss the gun, how could they go back and not make it because they saw the police, who were incidently at the scene. Soooooo driving for about 5 minutes and speeding I would assume that they were at least 5 miles from the scene. So please explain to me how they could see the police who were at the scene.
Lisa Dorris October 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Two of the co-defendents testifed that the saw Dominique King with a gun, both descriptions of the gun were different. Jamal Cammack and Antonio Kirk both testified that they saw King with a gun, but neither one of them saw him shot anyone. And of the 17 people who testified no other person said that they saw King with a gun and no one testified that they saw who shot Artwon Oliver. REASONABLE DOUBT if I must say so myself. Even the family of Oliver have reasonable doubt that King was the shooter. Now I could go on with more scenarios, but what I have stated is more than enough to have plenty REASONABLE DOUBT. I would love to sit down and talk to each and every one of those jurors so they could explain to me how they sent an innocent man to prison. It will only be a matter of time before these boys end up back in jail.
Pamela October 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Well Lisa I am here to tell you that time has arrived. At this moment Jamal Cammack is sitting in the county jail and he is facing aggravated murder and the word on the street is that Antonio Kirk is on the run. Should we be surprised? No I don't think so. I would really like to know what is going through the prosecutors mind at this moment. These are the guys that pointed the finger at Dominique King because he was not a member of their gang. And now Jamal Cammack is accused of pumping 7 bullets in the chest of another young man. The thing that I find most interesting is that this is almost the same type of scenario in the case where they point the finger at Mr. King. Witnesses seen 3 guys chasing 2 guys while shooting, one guy got away. I am willing to bet the 3 guys doing the chasing are Jamal Cammack, Antonio Kirk, and Gary Bacchus. Wonder what the jury that convict Dominique King on the testimony of gang members have to say about that.
Pamela October 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I also would like to make a comment about the police and the prosecutor. The prosecutor made a deal just to get a conviction. It did not matter to them that there was no evidence that Dominique King could have shot Artwon Oliver. Dominique did not have a beef with anyone, but the people that were fighting did. Common sense should tell you this does not make sense. So when the prosecutor seen his case was sinking he made a deal that let 4 gang member walk. That was in July. In September Jamal Cammack's brother, Steven, gets shot and dies. A few days later another young man is (I don't want to mention his name at this time) shot 7 times in his chest and dies and now Jamal Cammack is facing another murder charge. I can't help but to wonder if the prosecutor and police had done their job in the first place would these 2 men still be alive. When the police and prosecutor start searching for the truth instead of a conviction these senseless crime will cease. How much of a deterrent could it be not to kill if all you have to do is get some fellow gang members to all point the finger at someone else. Now I am wondering who will they point the finger at this time.
Pamela October 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
This is a comment for the writer of this blog, Mchelle Simakis. You have followed this case from the beginning and have been in court during the trial. What I find interesting is that you have not commented on the evidence that was used to convict Dominique King. I also noticed that once he was convicted you chose to used the worst picture that you have of him, because you do have a better picture. But of all of this what I find most intesting is the failure to write about the arrest of Jamal Cammack. Even if you didn't know that he had been arrested, you surely learned that he has after my last post. I know you monitor these post because you have gone and and deleted post. Jamal Cammack, testified that he is a gang member, as well as all the other co-defendants. But Jamal Cammack as well as the rest of the co-defendants walked and here we are not 3 months later and Jamal Cammack is arrested for aggravated murder and probation violation and not one article has been written regarding this. Is it because the crime didn't happen in Cleveland Heights? Or is it just because no one is interested in justice, just convictions and convictions at whatever cost it maybe? Dominique King did not killing anyone, but the only people interested in this is his family. And may be that is why there are no articles about the arrested of Jamal Cammack.
black October 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Do you have a copy of this indictment?
Pamela October 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
If you would like to read the indictment go to justicefordom.com click on more and you will see a tab titled "Indictment of Jamal Cammack"
Richard Hollis October 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Personally I feel that Michelle does a god job with the information she is able to obtain.
Juror #9 October 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
As I said,the first vote was 11 to 1 for conviction. No one saw the shot fired,but the other people involved were all fighting and did not have a weapon. The testimony pointed to King hiding the gun on his person, Saying" I don't know why I shot him.Did I do the right thing?" He also handed the gun to another person in the car to get rid of it. As I said before, no one on this jury took this case lightly. The only injustice there is in this case is that King has not been sentenced yet. Justice was served.King IS guilty. Juror #9
Juror #9 October 29, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Every one involved in the Artwon Oliver case will someday soon be dead or in prison. Good riddance, the world will be a better place.
Lisa Dorris October 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
And I am sure that world would also be a better place if there were less people like you Juror #9. Where is your commen sense? Two gang members pointed to King, the only one in the case who was not a gang member, as having the gun. Cammack nor Kirk could describe the gun as the same gun nor did they say that King put the gun in the same place. Cammack testified that King gave him the gun and no words were spoken and he just knew what to do with it, but if Kirk was also in the car with King why did he not testify that King gave Cammack the gun. And I am sure if he said that the prosecutors wouold have brought that out. If they had both testified to that fact, then I could see your reasoning but the fact remains that they didn't. Also you keep mentioning the first vote, what were the other votes?
Pamela October 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Juror #9 that is a very offensive comment you posted. You keep mentioning the first vote, but I have to assume there was more than one vote because you went to the judge 3 times and said you could not reach a verdict. Also, the number really does not matter because everyone has to vote the same way in order to reach a verdict. You also stated that "No one saw the shot fired,but the other people involved were all fighting and did not have a weapon." My question to you is where in the testimony did anyone testify that no one fighting had a weapon? There was testimony given that King was not in a gang, did not have a beef or know of any beef with anyone. He was not fighting and was standing by the gas pump when the shot was fired. There was testimony from one female that state King did not have a gun. My question is did you find the testimony of the 2 gang member more credible than the female? And, what reason did King have for shooting anyone? I am convinced the shot was not meant for Artwon Oliver, but for the person Jamal Cammack, Antonio Kirk, and Gary Bacchus were fighting. It just doesn't make any sense that King would have a reason to shot anyone. I would also like to know how you feel knowing that you used the testimony of Jamal Cammack to convict King because Cammack said King handed him the gun and now Cammack was been charged with shooting Andre Lawson 7 times, killing him? You have wonder if it is with the same gun that killed Artwon Oliver.
Toni October 29, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Juror #9 are really one of the jurors, because it sounds like you were not. Maybe you was there but not in the jury. How could you convict someone with out a weapon, no gun powder on him or his clothes, or in his car, nobody saw the gun being fired. Those gang member did what gang members do, stick together. Nobody story was the same as the next. Its hard to remember a lie. If they knew in ther heart King really did and what really happened everyone story would have matched and no one would have had to read there own statement to remember what they said. If i saw a murder being commited and the only way for me not to be charged with it, is to tell the truth, im sure I will remeber detail for detail. Its sad how some people can be so weak minded to let someone else force them to make a decision they didnt really want to make. I think thats what was wrong with some of you jurors and #9 being the main one. You decided to follow others instead of sticking to your own mind now you trying to make yourself believe you did the right thing, because you know in your heart that King is not guilty of murder. Not to mention one of witnesses said jumped on top of Kings car. If King had a gun I think he would have fired it at the one person on the car. JusticeForDom


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