Third person charged in deadly shooting incident

Tyquil Munson faces multiple charges

Pennsylvania State Police have charged a third person in connection to the Crawford County party that turned deadly Sunday morning.

Tyquil Munson, 20, is charged with hindering apprehension, possession of instruments of crime, tampering with evidence, simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.

Munson was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Rita Marwood and put in Crawford County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Jimmy Johnson, 21, was shot twice and killed at the large party that happened in a rural area off Teepleville Flats Road and Eddie Road in Athens Township in Crawford County around 2:45 a.m.

He was taken in his friend's car to Meadville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Stephen Lee Kozak, 26, of Meadville was arraigned Monday night on one count of Criminal Homicide.  He was arraigned in front of Judge Marwood and is currently in Crawford County Prison without bond. 

Branden Frantz, 19, of Meadville was arrested on several charges, including Criminal Conspiracy (Criminal Homicide), Possession of a Firearm with Altered Manufacturer's Number, Hindering Apprehension, Firearms not to be carried, Possessing Instruments of Crime, Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, Obstructing the Administration of Law, and multiple drug-related charges.  Frantz was arraigned Tuesday morning on those charges.  He is also in Crawford County Prison, and his bail is set at $500,000.

"It's a big hole, a lot of us is like a part of us is missing. It's hard to feel complete without him because he was the completeness to our family," says Johnson's sister, Hevyn Johnson.  It's not something easy that you can be happy about, but it was relieving because we have been through a lot the last couple days. So it's like now since the service isn't until Friday, now we can all be together with some type of closure."
 
Another sister, Shantelle Lewis, told us, "I'm overwhelmed, but I'm just so happy that people had the courage to come out and say something because a lot of people, when something like this [happens], they haven't been speaking up."
 
His family tells us he had a past, he was recently released from jail on robbery charges, but he was on the right path, now.  "He still was a great person," says Hevyn, "and that's what matters.  Not what he's done."  
They added that Johnson will live on through his son and baby on the way.

According to PA State Police, "During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Stephen Kozak received a Highpoint 9mm pistol from Branden Frantz at the party.  After the shooting, Frantz drove Kozak from the scene and attempted to distroy/dispose of the pistol...  The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated."

Crawford County Coronor, Scott Schell, ruled Johnson's death a homicide Tuesday afternoon following an autopsy.  

He died of two gun shots; one to his upper, right chest and one to the lower, right abdomen. 

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Meadville or Corry State Police:

Meadville State Police:  814-332-6911

Corry State Police:  814-663-2043


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