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RPD: Chili Ave. suspects, weapon found

Rochester, N.Y. -- The gun used to kill Jermeliah Simmons, Jaquelyn Simmons and Michael Nelson was recovered, according to Rochester police. Aside from the weapon, six people connected to the murders are in custody, said Interim Police Chief Michael Ciminelli.

"Based on where we are now in this investigation, we can say that the persons we presently believe are responsible for this crime are no longer a thread to this community," he said.

Andre McFarlane, Marlando Allen, Steve Fullcott, Carlos White and Jesica Leonard were arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

They also face charges related to possession of marijuana, as does Ronald Jefferson.

Rochester police, state police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant at 2167 Clifford Ave. Friday, Ciminelli said. They found nearly 80 pounds of marijuana, along with paper money band strips, a scale and $3,360 in cash, according to court papers.

Aside from the drugs, police found two guns, including a 9 mm that is believed to have been the weapon used to kill the Simmons cousins and Nelson.

Police would not comment on a possible motive.

During their respective arraignments in city court, the prosecution said photos of Allen and McFarlane posing with the gun used in the three murders were recovered by police.

Leonard, White, McFarlane and Allen face federal charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Jermeliah Simmons, Jaqueline Simmons and Michael Nelson were found by Rochester police Feb. 24 with gunshot wounds to their heads and torsos, according to federal court papers.

None of the suspects have been charged with murder. Authorities would not comment on the potential for such charges but did say those responsible for the triple homicide are off the streets.

 
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