Three indicted in 2011 murders
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
A Mahoning County grand jury has handed up murder indictments against three city men in two homicides in 2011.
Dewaylyn Colvin, 31, of Nelson Avenue; Michael Austin Jr., 19, of Midland Avenue; and Hakeem Henderson, 21, of Union Avenue, Salem, or San Diego, Calif., have been charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and multiple counts of illegal possession of a weapon.
The murder charges stem from two separate killings in November 2011.
During the early morning of Nov. 13, 2011, 23-year-old Adam Christian was shot and killed at 1477 Woodcrest Ave. On Nov. 16, Raymond “Remel” Hayes, 20, was found shot to death in a sparsely populated area of the East Side near Gerwig and Knapp avenues.
Detectives early in these investigations developed information that these homicides were connected.
Police Chief Rod Foley said the murders were the result of a ruthless means of conducting street business by the indicted men and those with whom they associated.
“This is the way these guys enforced their rules on the East Side, and people were afraid of them,” he said. “We are happy to get these individuals off the streets. They have been a longtime problem on our East Side, and this will hopefully make that side of town safer.”
The attempted-murder charge applies to Austin who purportedly tried to kill a man in December 2012.
Henderson, Austin’s older brother, is not in police custody. Police consider him armed and dangerous and are asking that anyone with information as to his whereabouts immediately call police or Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE.
Colvin is in prison on unrelated charges. Colvin, who has been jailed previously for involuntary manslaughter and other drug offenses, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, illegal possession of a weapon and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The guilty pleas were part of a plea deal with prosecutors earlier this year.
Colvin, during his March sentencing, painted a picture of desperation for the court, saying he was left to care for an ailing mother and several younger siblings when he was 13. He said even after a period of time in prison beginning in 2005, money and family issues forced him back into the life of a drug dealer.
Colvin was sentenced to 11 years on those charges.