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First of two suspects convicted of murder in 2022 Short North beating death

Franklin County Jail
Dwayne Cummings (right) was convicted on murder charges on Feb. 2, 2024 for killing Gregory Coleman Jr. in Columbus outside a Short North bar in 2022. Chrystian Foster was also charged in Coleman's death and awaits trial.

A Franklin County jury convicted 40-year-old Dwayne Cummings on a murder charge in connection with the beating death of a man outside a bar in the Short North in 2022.

Cummings received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for killing 37-year-old Gregory Coleman Jr.

In September of that year, Cummings and 32-year-old Chrystian Foster approached Coleman outside the Julep bar and punched Coleman. The two men continued to assault Coleman after he fell and hit his head on the ground. Coleman was placed on life support and died later that month.

Foster is also charged with murder in Coleman's death and awaits trial.

Coleman's family also filed a civil suit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court naming Cummings, Foster and several Short North businesses, including Short North Julep, Park Street Cantina, Granero Lounge and Callahan's Bar and Rooftop, which all list Fadi Michael as the statutory agent, as defendants.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.