Men indicted in two separate homicides

By Peter H. Milliken


A Mahoning County grand jury indicted a city man on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery with firearm specifications in the April 29 shooting death of Kristopher M. Stuart, 26, in Stuart’s Elm Street residence.

DeJuan Thomas, 31, of Osborn Avenue, who was shot in the same incident, was indicted Thursday on those charges and on a charge of being a felon with a gun. He could face life imprisonment on the aggravated-murder charge.

Also indicted in the same case was LaQuawn Hopkins, 35, of South Schenley Avenue, who is charged with tampering with evidence by concealing or removing a phone and pictures April 30 for the purpose of impairing an official investigation.

In the days immediately after the shooting, police were investigating the possibility that three Youngstown men, including Stuart, were shooting at one another in Stuart’s North Side residence.

A silver revolver was found near Stuart’s hand as he lay dead in his home.

The critically injured Thomas walked into the St. Elizabeth Health Center emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and torso, saying, “I can’t believe he shot me,” before collapsing on the floor.

Another man, Kalontae Carter, 22, of Norwood Avenue, was also shot in the incident. Carter, who was shot in the left biceps, was not charged with any crime.

Carter told police he was the victim of a drive-by shooting in front of his house, but police said they didn’t believe that to be accurate.

Thomas and Carter were in Stuart’s house when they were shot, police Chief Rod Foley said.

The grand jury also indicted Larry Dawson, 24, of Wesley Avenue, who is charged with murder and two counts of child endangering in the Dec. 12, 2012, death of his 15-month-old son, Rayvon.

The murder count says Dawson caused his son’s death by committing child endangering. The first child-endangering count says he abused and caused serious physical harm to the toddler, and the second one says he created a substantial risk to his son’s health or safety by violating a parental duty of care.

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