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Youngstown man beaten to death on Shirley Road



Published: Fri, November 29, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.

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By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police say a man found in his Shirley Road driveway early Thanksgiving morning was beaten to death.

Officers arriving at the home of 70-year-old Dennis Simmons in the 2400 block of Shirley Road found him nude, unresponsive and covered in blood, reports said.

A man who was in the home, 33-year-old Leo Kellish, then came outside wearing nothing but underwear, his hands and body covered in blood, and demanded that police read him his rights, saying he acted in self-defense, reports state.

He was held at gunpoint by the first officer at the scene until backup arrived. Kellish was taken to the Mahoning County jail and is expected to be arraigned today in Youngstown Municipal Court on a charge of aggravated murder.

A woman who lives across the street a few doors down said she helped care for Simmons. She held an infant while family milled around in her home and said she was in shock over Simmons’ death.

“He was a beautiful person and never did anything to hurt anybody,” said the woman, who asked that her name not be used. “It’s just hard to really explain. He was very compassionate, very lovable.”

Reports say officers were called to the address around 3:20 a.m. on a report of a man’s body lying in a driveway. When they arrived, they found Simmons’ body in the drive of his home, which is decorated for the Christmas season.

Court records show that Kellish was arrested for domestic violence in 1999 and pleaded guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in 2000, but sentencing information was unavailable Thursday. He also pleaded guilty to domestic violence in 2007 and was sentenced to probation, then was given prison time later after he violated his probation, according to court records.

In 2008, he was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of harassment by an inmate.

The last homicide in the city was Nov. 16, when 25-year-old Elliot Stewart was shot and killed outside a Southern Boulevard business and his brother was wounded. Police have a suspect in that case and have issued an arrest warrant for Lavelle Stanley, 24, but have not been able to find him.


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1author50(1121 comments)posted 11 months ago

John Sweirz will tear down the house where this happened. He believes this will solve the violence problem.

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2endthismess(315 comments)posted 11 months ago

author50...really? You should be ashamed of your trite self. Someone lost their life. And....you...are ...worried ...about...Sweirz tearing down the victim's house? Go get some counseling.

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3southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 11 months ago

Leo Kellish is a real low-life beating a 70 year old man to death and then claiming self-defense....

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4papa1(677 comments)posted 11 months ago

don't waste taxpayer dollars, just put him down. imagine how many billions of dollars could be saved by performing immediate executions for a crime like this with a definite perp. hang him!

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5papa1(677 comments)posted 11 months ago

don't waste taxpayer dollars, just put him down. imagine how many billions of dollars could be saved by performing immediate executions for a crime like this with a definite perp. hang him!

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6allany2525(13 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Let his punishment fit his crime - tie this
fu###ing ANIMAL to a post somewhere - and then BEAT HIM TO DEATH......SLOWLY, VERRRRRY SLOWLY.....

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7Facts(3 comments)posted 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder if you would be as heartless if it was your father, brother, or uncle who committed this horrific crime. Perhaps you would like to carry out the punishment also. I also wonder if you would still want to tie the perp up. Why don't you just pray for the families that are involved who are suffering and stop suggesting even more violence.

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