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Suspect Arrested Four Years After Woman Lost Her Life While Walking Her Dog in Cleveland Park: Prosecutors

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Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department; UNSPLASH

May 27 2023, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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A suspect in the shooting of an Ohio woman killed while walking her dog has been charged with murder, authorities said.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors recently announced a grand jury indicted DaJuan Evans on charges of aggravated murder and two counts each of murder and felonious assault in connection with the January 2019 death of Sheila Wallace, a 58-year-old medical administrative assistant at the Cleveland Clinic, WFMJ reported.

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Surveillance video allegedly shows Wallace was walking her dog in Cleveland’s McGowan Park around 7 p.m. when she encountered two males, including then-18-year-old Evans, according to prosecutors.

“Evans stopped, turned around, and fired four shots,” prosecutors alleged, adding the victim was struck in the head and chest and the men fled the scene.

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Investigators said they were able to identify Evans as a suspect in the case based on ballistics evidence in another shooting, eyewitness testimony, video and DNA evidence.

Evans reportedly was already in custody and serving a five-year sentence after he was convicted of an unrelated robbery. He was scheduled to be released in June 2024.

He is now being held on $1 million bond for Wallace’s killing.

“Sheila Wallace was not and will not be forgotten," Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said. “Her horrendous murder shook the Bellaire-Puritas community to the core and my thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family.”

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