Princeton Times


February 16, 2012

Grand jury hands down 3 murder indictments

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Grand Jury handed down indictments against more than 100 people this week. Three of them will face first-degree murder charges.

Tevin Javon Allen, 19, of Princeton, was indicted on first-degree murder and delivery of cocaine, stemming from the Aug. 11, 2011, shooting death of 34-year-old James Scott.

Scott, Allen’s father, was gunned down on High Street and was pronounced dead at Princeton Community Hospital.

The next day, Allen, who was once the star of Princeton Senior High School’s Tigers football team, turned himself in on homicide charges.

He has remained in custody at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver since he turned himself in.

Another indictment arose from the 2010 shooting death of Clayton Mitchem, as the grand jury advanced the case against Michael “Smoke” Greene, age and address unavailable. According to Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash, Greene was a juvenile at the time of the shooting. Ash said he was transferred to adult status to answer to the murder charge.

Mitchem was shot to death in early 2010 at the Economy Inn on Cumberland Road, in what authorities believed was a deal to trade drugs for firearms. Nicholas Lunsford, 22 at the time, was ultimately charged in the homicide, but investigators continued the search for other suspects.

And, Jessica Persianni Roberts, 31, of McDowell County has been charged with conspiracy, robbery and murder in connection with an August 2011 incident at the Pop Shop in Bramwell.

According to previous statements by Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows, Roberts was in the Pop Shop parking lot when a man attempted to rob the Pop Shop. The would-be robber was then shot by a witness and dropped the money he attempted to steal. Meadows said Roberts then picked up the money and fled the scene.

The customer, who reportedly had a concealed weapons permit, was not charged in the incident.

— Contact Tammie Toler at

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