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WARREN Attorney identifies ex-cop in killing



Published: Wed, September 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The man who was slain was to testify in a drug case.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN-- A former Youngstown police officer has been implicated by an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor in the killing of a 28-year-old government informant.

Atty. David Toepfer told jurors Tuesday in Shawn Lynell Armstrong's murder trial that Carlos Eggleston, a police officer at the time, met with Lance Pough, one of Armstrong's co-defendants, and said he could have Bradrick L. McMillan killed for $7,000.

Police reports indicate that McMillan was shot in the head outside the Elks Club on Highland Avenue in Warren Township on Aug. 9, 1998.

Eggleston has not been charged. His whereabouts are unknown.

Eggleston's last day of work at the Youngstown Police Department was in May 2000, officials said.

Toepfer said the gun used in the killings belonged to Andre Peterson, also a former Youngstown police officer and one of Armstrong's friends.

Atty. Jennifer Carroll-Kirr, another assistant county prosecutor, noted that Armstrong was driving Peterson's car the night of the murder.

Peterson also has not been charged. He resigned from the police department Feb. 12, 1999.

Peterson has said the gun believed to be the murder weapon had been stolen from him.

Court records: In an unrelated case, Peterson pleaded guilty in October 1999 to a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He was placed on three years' probation, according to court records.

Police say Armstrong, 30, Pough, 28, and Arthur Bell, 31, all of Warren, planned the killing of McMillan, who made undercover drug buys in Pough's case. McMillan was scheduled to testify against Pough the same month he was killed.

Armstrong is on trial in county common pleas court on a charge of aggravated murder with a gun specification. If convicted, he could face 23 years to life in prison.

Trial was to continue today in the courtroom of Judge Andrew Logan.

Pough and Bell both pleaded guilty to murder charges.

Bell was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the murder charge and one year on a firearms specification.

Pough was sentenced to 15 years to life and three years on a gun specification.




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