Two additional people have been charged this week in connection with Whitehall's eighth homicide of the year, and additional charges were filed against two other suspects, Whitehall Sgt. John Grebb said last week.

Two additional people have been charged this week in connection with Whitehall's eighth homicide of the year, and additional charges were filed against two other suspects, Whitehall Sgt. John Grebb said last week.

Gregory L. Smith, 28, of Youngstown was fatally shot Nov. 16 at 4648 Eastway Court.

The shooting occurred at the Common at Royal Landings Apartments on the south side of East Broad Street, just west of South Hamilton Road.

Amber N. Rencher, 30, of Eastway Court was arraigned Nov. 24 in Franklin County Municipal Court for tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Byron L. McCarroll, 45, of Eastway Court was arraigned Nov. 21 in municipal court on the same charge. McCarroll was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in municipal court.

On Nov. 18, police arrested Demitrious Desmond McKnight, 19, of Labella Drive in Columbus and Donald Nelson, 26, of Fairway Boulevard for murder.

A grand jury indicted McKnight and Nelson last week on felony charges of murder, felonious assault and weapon-related charges, Grebb said.

McKnight and Nelson remained in custody, awaiting a bond hearing Nov. 30 in common-pleas court.

Grebb said Nov. 25 that charges were dismissed against Marina Howell, 21, of Ethel Road in Columbus.

Howell allegedly was driving a vehicle in which McKnight and Nelson were riding when Whitehall and Reynoldsburg SWAT officers, acting on a tip that McKnight and Nelson were at an apartment near Agler Road and Capital Park, arrested all three.

During their investigation, police opted not to charge a 41-year-old Whitehall man who reportedly was involved in the exchange of gunfire Nov. 16, Grebb said.

"We found he was acting in self-defense," he said.

Whitehall's investigation found that Smith, McKnight and Nelson were acquaintances and at the Common at Royals Landings Apartment complex together about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

"There was (name-calling) directed at a group of females at one of the apartments," to which exception was taken, Grebb said.

The incident escalated into gunfire, Grebb said.

Police concluded that bullets from the gun of the 41-year-old man did not strike Smith.

But police have not conclusively identified a murder weapon, Grebb said.

Multiple shell casings from guns of the same caliber were found at the scene, Grebb said.

After he was shot, Smith reportedly walked about 100 yards to the porch of a nearby residence, where Rencher called 911.

In the 911 call, Rencher told the dispatcher Smith had "a gunshot wound to the chest" and is heard asking Smith his name and telling him "they're coming."

Rencher was charged with tampering with evidence after police determined she took Smith's gun, Grebb said.

McCarroll was charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly removing a gun belonging to the 41-year-old man who was involved in the exchange of gunfire, Grebb said.

Additional charges or suspects are possible, but police say they believe the investigation has identified all who were involved in the fatal shooting incident, Grebb said Nov. 25.