November 27, 2014

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Trial begins in case of Union Square apartment shooting

Gregory Prince

Gregory Prince

Jury selection began Monday afternoon in the trial of a 22-year-old Cleveland Heights man accused of shooting a man at Medina’s Union Square apartments in April.

Gregory Prince is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and firearms specifications. The charges are first- and second-degree felonies that carry mandatory prison time if convicted.

According to police, Prince shot 32-year-old Jose Algarin in the head on April 15. Police have not offered a motive for the shooting but have said they suspected it’s drug-related.

Algarin was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was released after undergoing surgery to have the bullet removed from the back of his head.

Following the shooting, police said Prince and his cousin — who lives at Union Square apartments on West Union Street — drove toward Prince’s home in Cleveland Heights.

While en route, they contacted a family member, Eric Simpkins, who told The Gazette he used training as a Cleveland Schools safety officer to convince Prince to turn himself over to police. Prince was arrested in Brunswick, where he met with Simpkins and gave up a Rohm .22-caliber revolver, the gun police said he used to shoot Algarin.

Prince is being represented by Elyria attorney Stephen Hanudel.