The parents of the slain teenager, Jeffrey Gardner Jr., 17, told the Akron Beacon Journal they spent weeks trying to convince deputies and court officials the recent letters were mistaken and two recent traffic citations issued under the teen’s name must be for someone else. They said they were even more troubled to learn the wanted man was actually a friend who witnessed Gardner’s shooting in 2007.
Sheriff’s deputies used vehicle registration information from one of the traffic stops to clear up the confusion and identify the man as Drew Redington of Akron. It turned out Gardner’s identification remained active because it was never closed or marked to indicate his death, the newspaper reported.
Redington, 28, was jailed Thursday in Summit County in an earlier drug case in which his bond had been revoked for failing to appear for a hearing, court records show.