Fourth Man Indicted In Murder-For-Hire

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 15th, 2019

Vandell Antwon Slade was charged with murder, attempted murder and felonious assault

According to court documents on August 14th, 2019 a grand jury indicted a Columbus man in connection with a fake gender reveal party shooting in Colerain Township which occurred back in 2017. What were they thinking?

Reportedly, nine people were shot, one fatally at a supposedly fake gender reveal party July 8th, 2017 on Capstan Drive.

On Wednesday August 14th, 2019 according to an indictment filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court 30 years old Vandell Antwon Slade was charged with murder, attempted murder and felonious assault.

Subsequently, he was indicted on two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of attempted murder.

Police reported on July 8th, 2017, 22 year old Autum Garrett was shot and killed at a supposed gender-reveal party for 21 year-old Cheyanne Willis. It is believed that a total of 14 shots were fired into the house’s living room injuring several children and injured a dog.

Amazingly, the indictment came approximately one year after three people were arrested in connection with this shooting.

Previously, 28 years old Roshawn Bishop was indicted on charges of murder, felonious assault, and attempted murder, 23 year old James Echols and 21 year old Michael Sanon was indicted for aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, attempted murder and cruelty to animals in December 2018. Including the dog that was shot inside the house but has survived.

Eventually Colerain police  has determined they were dealing with witnesses who had connections to multiple drug ring.

Police added the shooting was generated from drug activities. Also, police reported there were no indications the Garrett family was connected to the drug activities that sparked or generated the shootings. It was simply a case of being wrong place at the wrong time.

This is a story of bizarre twists and turns. Prosecutors believe Willis was the target of the shooting. Furthermore, according to court documents, Roshawn Bishop and another man wanted her dead and “enlisted the assistance of Vandell Slade.” Seemingly, Vandell Antwon Slade was the hired gunman.

According to information received Slade produced two shooters-for-hire: James Echols and Michael Sanon, both from Columbus. Slade drove the two men to Willis’ home the night of the mass shooting, the documents state.

Unfortunately, Garrett was fatally shot three times. Her husband was shot in the head and wrist, lost his eyesight in one eye and suffered brain damage. The couple’s 1-year-old child was shot in the knee and arm. Their 3-year-old was shot in both his calf and his head. Miraculously both children survived.

Also, amongst the victims was an 8-year-old along with Elijah Clemmons, Lori White and Morgan Bradley.

However, police said, Cheyanne Willis, had falsely claimed she was pregnant. Also, Willis told the media that she lost her fetus after being shot in the thigh. But a week later, police announced Willis had admitted she had not been pregnant. Thusly, Slade’s charges stemmed from injuries Willis suffered in the shooting. 

Ironically, Investigators believed that night after the murder the people in the house were not telling the truth. However, Garrett and her family were in attendance at the gender reveal party for the woman who lived at that home. Moreover, later police discovered that the woman throwing the party lied about being pregnant. 

Autum Garrett was shot to death inside a home on Capstan Drive in July 8th, 2017. Her two children, her husband, and five others were wounded.

Three other suspects were indicted in December 2018. Bishop, Echols, and Sanon are still awaiting trial, now they are joined by the suspect Vandell Antwon Slade.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.