Jurors Begin Deliberations Over DJ Mo Slaying

December 17, 2018
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Jurors Begin Deliberations Over DJ Mo Slaying

WILKES-BARRE — Jurors on Monday morning began debating the fates of two men accused of slaying a respected deejay. Roberto “Ruthless” Battle, 29, of Brooklyn, New York, and David “D-Rock” Nealy, 37, of Kingston, are charged with shooting Michael Onley in the head outside the now-closed Outsiders Bar at 650 S. Main St. on Oct. 13, 2013. Onley was a well-known disc jockey who went by DJ Mo and was known to organize anti-violence and anti-drug events. Both men are charged with criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit murder. Jurors began deliberating at 12:15 p.m. According to prosecutors, the shooting took place after Battle was kicked out of the club for fighting. Angered about the ejection, Battle had Nealy drive him to a friend’s house to pick up a Kel-Tec 9mm pistol and then return to the club to do a drive-by. Surveillance video showed shots popping off from the passenger window of a silver Mercedes-Benz that prosecutors say Nealy was driving. One of the shots hit Onley between the eyes as he sat on a chair outside the bar door. Witnesses testified that Battle and Nealy went to a party after the shooting and that Battle laughed about shooting up the bar. On Friday, Nealy took the stand in his own defense and claimed he was unaware that Battle planned a drive-by. Nealy claimed he thought Battle was picking up a bottle of liquor — rather than the gun — from the friend’s house and asserted that he only faintly heard the gunshots because of music blasting in the car. He claimed he thought the car was taking fire, so he fled. Battle declined to testify, but during closing arguments his attorney Allyson Kacmarski tried to pin the shooting on the gun owner, Shakim “Killer” Varick. Varick previously testified that he was in New York at the time of the shooting. After receiving instructions on the law from Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Monday morning, jurors began their deliberations. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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