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YOUNGSTOWN Man set for trial dies of wounds



Published: Thu, September 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The victim had been set for a jury trial next month in common pleas court.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Charles A. Green died the way police reports show he lived: by the gun.

Green was found at 4:22 a.m. Sunday slumped behind the steering wheel of a 1997 burgundy Cadillac in the 600 block of Ridge Avenue. He had been shot in the right side of his head, neck and shoulder.

A 9mm handgun lay on the passenger seat.

Green, 24, of Lansdowne Boulevard, clung to life until 10:44 p.m. Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

At that time, he became the city's 27th homicide victim of the year. As of Wednesday, the city had recorded five more homicides than at this time last year.

In January, a deputy arrested Green on a felonious assault warrant issued out of Youngstown Municipal Court. He was accused of using a sawed-off shotgun to beat Derrick A. Tinsley, 26, of Youngstown.

Tinsley suffered several facial fractures and a broken jaw, reports show.

What happened

A witness told police that Tinsley's car was boxed in by two vehicles on Victor Street at Buckeye Circle on the East Side around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 22, 2001. When Tinsley got out, four men jumped him, using rifles or shotguns to bludgeon his face and head, the witness said.

The witness recognized the assailants from a birthday party that ended around 1 a.m. at The Regency in Austintown.

One of the assailants drove Tinsley to Northside Medical Center, then ran through the parking lot.

At the hospital, Tinsley told police his name was Derrick Roberson, but they discovered his true name and realized he had several outstanding warrants, including one from Youngstown in an assault.

Police put a hold on him because of the warrants.

It wasn't clear at the time if Tinsley had been shot as well as beaten in the head.

Green's case was bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury in February by Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly. The grand jury indicted him Feb. 28. He was scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 2 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, the clerk's office said today.

The case, with two additional defendants, was set in Judge R. Scott Krichbaum's court.

meade@vindy.com




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