Stanley convicted on all counts in car wash murder


Attorneys in the case of a man murdered at a South Side car wash last November sparred in closing arguments over whether the shooting was self-defense, but a jury said it was not.

Jurors in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court today convicted 24-year-old Lavelle Stanley of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault for the Nov. 15, 2013, killing of Elliott Stewart, 25, and the wounding of his brother, Derrick Stewart, outside a Southern Boulevard car wash operated by Elliott Stewart.

Stanley showed no emotion as the verdicts were read a little after 7 p.m., and neither did his supporters or Stewart’s family — although a man did plant a kiss on the cheek of the mother of the brothers.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum will sentence Stanley at a later date.

Read more on today's proceedings in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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