Richard Clark charged with murder in death of Dwayne Hickman

By Ed Runyan


Richard A. Clark, 39, of various Warren addresses, is being held without bond in the Trumbull County Jail, charged with the murder of Dwayne Hickman, 49, who was found stabbed to death at his house March 25.

Though Clark was discovered at a home on Maryland Street Northeast with Hickman’s car in the driveway about 5 p.m. March 25, he was not charged in the case until Tuesday, when he left ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hosp-ital, police said.

Clark was unconscious when police found him and was taken to the hospital and treated for a “pre-existing” illness not related to Hickman’s death, said Lt. Jeff Cole of the Warren Police Department.

Clark, whose most recent address was on North Park Avenue, was only staying at the Maryland address with an acquaintance, police said. Clark regularly stayed at various houses.

He also had stayed at Hickman’s house before, said Detective John Greaver.

Police are not discussing a motive for the killing.

Members of Hickman’s family called police to ask them to check on Hickman March 25 after not hearing from him for a week.

After discovering Hickman dead from multiple stab wounds, police learned that his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was missing and went searching for it.

Sgt. Gary Riggins found it at the Maryland Street address and then found that Clark was inside, unconscious.

Clark was arraigned Wednesday in Warren Municipal Court on a murder charge and a felony drug possession relating to his arrest March 25. Greaver said Clark was under the influence of drugs when he was taken to the hospital.

Judge Thomas Gysegem entered innocent pleas to the two charges and ordered that Clark remain in the Trumbull County Jail without bond until his next hearing at 2 p.m. April 22.

The judge said Clark would be held without bond because the new charges triggered a violation of probation from a conviction in Warren Municipal Court involving two counts of endangering children.

Clark has a lengthy criminal record in Warren and Niles dating back to 1993, with many of the charges being drug or traffic-related.

Last May, he was charged with two counts of child endangering after crashing a car into a utility pole on Belmont Street Northeast, then taking two children and leaving the scene.

Police later found Clark and the children at a home on Atlantic Street Northeast. Both children were injured in the crash and required medical attention.

Clark later was convicted of two counts of child endangering, and placed on three years probation.

He was convicted in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in 2002 of receiving stolen property and sentenced to six months in prison. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison in 1999 on convictions for possession of crack cocaine and receiving stolen property.

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