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Grand jury indicts dinner-party host in unintentional fatal shooting of guest

By Adam Ferrise • Mar 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM

CLEVELAND — A man accused of accidentally shooting and killing a 27-year-old man at a dinner party that was streamed on Facebook Live was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Steven Leannais, 30, now faces charges of felony charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and misdemeanor charges of using a weapon while intoxicated and assault.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on March 14 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He is free after posting a $10,000 bond in December after his initial appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court.

His attorney, Leif Christman, said after the December hearing that Leannais was "extremely sorry" for the shooting and that Leannais and the man he's accused of killing, Anthony Stanford, were friends.

Leannais' blood-alcohol content tested at 0.058 three-and-half hours after the shooting, according to court records.

The shooting happened about 9:50 p.m. Dec. 8 at a dinner party at Leannais' home in The Brick Lofts Apartments at Historic West Tech High in the 2200 block of West 93rd Street, according to police reports.

Leannais live-streamed the dinner party on Facebook Live. A person who viewed the recording of the incident provided the video to cleveland.com.

The events in the video match the descriptions of what police wrote in their report of the incident. Christman said he watched the video and could use it as part of the case.

Leannais hosted Stanford, 27, and two other friends for dinner and drinks when the shooting happened, police reports say.

After the recording stopped, Leannais picked the gun up, lowered it to his side pulled the trigger, unaware a bullet was in the chamber, according to police reports and court records.

The bullet hit Stanford in the upper abdomen, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

Stanford was a maintenance worker in the building and repaired homes on the side, Ford said. He graduated from John Marshall High School and was a boxer when he was younger. He still worked as a trainer to younger boxers.


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