By Ed Runyan
Richard A. Clark, 40, who has been in trouble numerous times the past 20 years on drug and other offenses, goes on trial next week, charged with killing a 49-year-old city man.
Police say Clark stabbed Dwayne Hickman multiple times in the head, face and torso in Hickman’s home at 3403 Williamsburg St. NW on March 21 while stealing Hickman’s car.
Jury selection begins Monday in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Rice of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Clark is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and heroin possession. If convicted, he could get life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Police were alerted by Hickman family members March 25 to check on Hickman after not hearing from him for about a week. Police found Hickman dead and his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu missing.
A Warren officer found the Malibu later that day parked at a house on Maryland Street Northeast, which is where Clark was staying with a woman.
Clark was found in the bathtub of the home unconscious and unresponsive and was taken to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for several days for an unspecified medical condition.
Police found heroin and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom where Clark had been staying for a couple of days.
When he was well enough to leave the hospital, Clark was charged in Hickman’s death.
The woman who allowed Clark to stay with her on Maryland said she only knew Clark as “Rick,” that he would stay with her one or two nights every week. She told police she had only known him a couple of months.
Police learned that Clark lived at several different places and had stayed at Hickman’s house shortly before Hickman’s death.
Clark was convicted in 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.