Told poliice he was arguing with victim

Man indicted for stabbing death

By joe gorman


A Mahoning County grand jury Thursday indicted a man in a South Side stabbing death in late September.

Theodore Alexander, 57, was indicted on two counts of murder in the Sept. 29 stabbing death of 28-year-old Ivan West of Liberty, who was found by officers in Alexander’s Hilton Avenue home about 1:15 a.m.

One of the counts of murder states that Alexander is charged with killing West while committing or trying to commit another felony, in this case felonious assault.

Police reports said Alexander was present when officers first arrived, and he appeared agitated that officers were there and was nervous about what might happen to West, reports said. He was taken to the police station, interviewed by detectives and released.

Alexander told police West banged on the door and said he had been stabbed and when he let West inside he collapsed, reports said.

Detective Sgt, Ronald Rodway, lead investigator, said Alexander later told police he was arguing with West when he stabbed him. He has been in the Mahoning County jail for the past two weeks on a probation violation from a 2011 felonious assault case on which he was sentenced to eight years probation in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Rodway said Alexander failed to report to parole agents that he had come into contact with law enforcement officers the morning West was murdered. One of the conditions of his parole is that he report all contact with police.

Parole agents then gave Alexander a drug test and he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, Rodway said.

Court records show Alexander was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2000 after pleading guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition as well as the 2011 felonious assault charge.

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