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Black man arrested for road rage killing of White driver has prolific history of prison violence, and misbehavior – reports

Norton, Ohio – A White man was shot and killed last month in what police are calling a road rage incident on Ohio’s Interstate 76 in Summit County. The suspect, a Black driver apprehended by Columbus police department’s SWAT team several days later, is an ex-convict with a prolific history of prison violence and misbehavior, according to incarceration records obtained by the Justice Report.

40-year-old George Jensen II (left) and 30-year-old Dacarrei Tovon Kinard (right). Photos: obituary and police mugshot.

On May 17th, 40-year-old George Jensen II was shot and killed by the driver of a black Chevy Camaro on his way home from work after police say a road-rage incident erupted during rush hour traffic along Interstate 76. According to local reports, Police interviewed five eyewitnesses to the shooting and recovered eight spent shell casings before issuing a warrant on the 31st for the arrest of Black 30-year-old Dacarrei Tovon Kinard, a repeat criminal offender living in Columbus.

“(Witnesses) saw an arm come out holding a gun and ‘pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and Geo’s car swung wildly across lanes of traffic,” said Keenan, a childhood friend of the victim who shared the same commute home. “(He) went across three lanes and back across three lanes. People pulled over to try to save him.”

Kinard was charged with murder and arrested at a residence he was suspected to be living at by elements of the Columbus Police Department’s SWAT and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team. The tragic shooting death of Jensen would serve as yet another example of a growing uptick in “road rage” killings in Ohio since 2021, per the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Summit County Jail Inmate Records.

Details on Kinard’s criminal history and current status as an offender are hard to come by, however, as local media outlets appear quick to downplay the incident as a mere act of road rage or a “senseless act of gun violence” by others. In an exclusive discovery, the Justice Report obtained a massive file containing Kinard’s arrest and disciplinary records via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, revealing a stunning history of violence, crime, and misbehavior stemming from a previous stint in the Ohio State prison system.

According to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts, Kinard was charged and plead not guilty to felony theft on Dec. 7, 2010, and was issued a $10,000 bond. During court proceedings, the judge modified the bond amount, and he was released, stipulating that Kinard “stay out of all Wal-Marts.”

During his trial, court records show Kinard was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault on Oct. 7, 2011, but this charge was dismissed per the prosecutor’s request on July 9, 2012. Court documents state Kinard was originally sentenced to three months of community control, but this was bumped up to four years—with 121 days of time served—because he violated the terms.

30-year-old Dacarrei Tovon Kinard. Photo: social media.

Additionally, Kinard was charged with and pled guilty to theft and receiving stolen property on Jan. 30, 2013. He was sentenced to serve an additional 12 months at the ODRC. In March 2013, he was sentenced to serve within institutions with The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) following three years of parole. He was incarcerated in the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster and was eventually transferred to Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe.

According to its website, ODRC’s mission statement is to “reduce recidivism among those we touch and reduce crime in Ohio.” The institutions Kinard was incarcerated within offered educational services for obtaining a GED, career technical classes, and even “therapeutic” adult programs.

The programs appeared to offer little in the way of correcting inmate behavior, however, as court documents indicate that even though Kinard’s attorney, Donald Shartzer, filed for judicial release a mere five months into Kinard’s prison term on Sept. 24, 2013, to “suspend the balance of his sentence and place him on community control… as long as he maintained a good record at the institution,” Kinard’s probation was revoked due to his “very poor institutional record.”

An inmate “ticket” Kinard received while incarcerated at ODRC showcases some of the violent behavior he indulged in.

In response, Shartzer filed a second request for judicial release on May 19, 2014, but the court rejected this due to Kinard racking up a whopping 35 rule violations at the ODRC. Court documents state Kinard’s prison record is “one of the worst this Court has seen.”

In total, Kinard amassed up 65 rule violations in his four-year sentence, according to Kinard’s violations report issued by the ODRC. The document details every single one of his offenses while incarcerated, which range from minor violations like skipping school, starting fights, stealing other people’s property, and other bizarre acts like getting caught brewing approximately two gallons of tomato and orange-flavored prison wine.

An inmate “ticket” Kinard received while incarcerated at ODRC showcases some of the violent behavior he indulged in.

The report would also indicate that Kinard would violently threaten ODRC corrections officers and refuse their lawful orders, sometimes after initiating a fight. Other times, Kinard would try to obtain commissary goods while under commissary restrictions imposed on him as a disciplinary measure, which happened countless times. Early into his sentence, one officer once told Kinard to leave an area he wasn’t supposed to be in, but he “refused all direct orders given,” according to the document. After Kinard continued to pull away from being handcuffed, he had to be physically restrained by another officer in order to force compliance.

The events should have served as a foreseeable precursor for Kinard’s lifelong disregard for the rule of law. At one point during his incarceration, Kinard started a fight and was sent to the infirmary for injuries. While being tended to, the document revealed that he yelled at other patients and refused to silence himself when ordered by an officer. The document then states that while being escorted out of the infirmary, Kinard taunted the guards and wrote “something illegible” on the cell door with his blood, repeating the phrase “I left something for you, bitch” to the officers. The inmate’s final facility violations involved disobeying an officer’s instructions and masturbating in response.

In the short time Kinard spent as a free man post-incarceration, he appears to have avoided social media. Despite the caution, the Justice Report did manage to locate Kinard’s Facebook account, which contains only a single post: a 2009 amateur rap video featuring a one-minute clip of a mixtape called “The Reup Pt.1 Intro.” In it, the lyrics grimly foreshadow Kinard’s future alleged crimes, including wantonly shooting firearms, boasting about selling drugs, and copping to minor misbehaviors like skipping school.

For the murder of George Jensen, Kinard was transferred to the Summit County Jail on June 1, 2023. Ohio, however, forever lost a White man who, according to the Summit County Clerk of Courts, had zero criminal violations on record, not even a speeding ticket. Media outlets have effectively sanitized and downplayed Jensen’s death while ignoring the bigger issue: the naked and ever-present threat of Black-on-White violence, which continues to plague the country.

Screencap: Facebook

The frustration is not lost on those paying attention, however. On the social media platform Facebook, which shares a link to a GoFundMe set up to assist Jensen’s family, one user commented, “I just don’t understand how someone can do stuff like this!!!!!”

“I find it so hard to believe no one saw anything!! What if it was you or your family?” Read another. “It was bad enough this happened to a man driving home from work…but, what if there were kids in the car? Someone knows !! Please come forward to help this family…it could have been any of us!!”

According to his obituary, Jensen worked as a senior systems engineer for ECS Tuning in Wadsworth, Ohio. He often spent time with his family and served as a “professional uncle” to the children of his close friend. In his free time, Jensen volunteered to assist others with automotive work and issues with in-home technology. According to reports, Jensen was “staunchly opposed to gun violence” in his private life and “was alarmed at the mass shooting incidents all around the country.”

Screencap: Facebook

“Good news, I’m glad he will have to take responsibility for what he did, but it is also very sad it had to happen at all.” Read one public comment from a Facebook user after news of Kinard’s arrest went public. “I’m so happy to hear this! He needs to pay for his crime. Though, it could never be enough. May this bit of good news bring you and your family some peace,” read another.

“I am not here for (any) revenge fantasies — I just want justice,” said Allison, Jensen’s wife of 13 years in an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal. “I want him to be tried like anyone else.” Those who wish to aid Jensen’s family can contribute financially to his GoFundMe page. This article will be updated as new details emerge.

The American justice system continues to turn a blind eye toward the past offenses of non-White career criminals who only violently re-offend once they return to the streets. In April, two Black career criminals were arrested for brutally shooting and killing a White loss prevention officer at a California Home Depot. In November of last year, a White handyman was allegedly stabbed to death by a Hispanic career criminal residing inside a Minneapolis “sober living home.” Police later claimed the deranged suspect blamed the anime cartoon, Dragonball Z, for persuading him to kill.

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