Double homicide under investigation; suspect dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

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London Police Chief Glenn Nicol (left) and Madison County Sheriff John Swaney at the scene of what is being labeled a double homicide in London

(Posted April 18, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

Yesterday afternoon, the London Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene of what is being labeled a double homicide.

According to London Police Chief Glenn Nicol, at 12:33 p.m. authorities were dispatched to a report of shots fired at 386 Landis Lane, London. Upon arrival, officers found 41-year-old Yaisa Cordero and her 25-year-old daughter, Joceline Cordero, dead in front of their home.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was 54-year-old James S. Evans Jr., Yaisa Cordero’s ex-boyfriend. Evans was discovered some time around 2:55 p.m. on the premises of Faith Assembly Worship Center on U.S. Route 40, just outside of London. He was deceased with a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to a news release from the London Police Department, witnesses observed the suspect arguing with the victims before he fired shots.

Neighbor Jason Stidham, who was home at the time of the incident, said he heard the gunshots, but no altercation prior.

“The police have been down before for domestic stuff, but I didn’t hear anything myself today,” he said yesterday, a few hours after the incident. Neighbors rushed over to try and resuscitate the victims until the police arrived, he said.

The London Police are investigating the incident in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from agents at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Madison County Coroner’s Office, and the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office.

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