Autopsy to be completed today on body of woman, 22, apparently shot to death in Warren

By Ed Runyan


An autopsy that began Monday on the body of a woman, 22, may provide some answers as to how she died.

Warren police say they are investigating the death of Becky L. Pyne as a homicide.

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, is conducting the autopsy that will be completed today.

Pyne was apparently fatally shot Saturday at her home on South Leavitt Road in Leavittsburg. She was brought in a car to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital at 11:13 p.m. Saturday by Shaun R. Simpson Sr., 23, who lived with her, Warren police said.

Simpson didn’t come into the hospital with her. She was a gunshot victim, police said.

Security officers said the driver “dropped the victim off curbside,” according to a log of radio communications between Warren police and dispatchers.

Security officers attempted to provide police with a license plate off the Nissan she arrived in, but the plate wasn’t exactly correct. Police learned Pyne’s name about 10 minutes after she arrived and learned another 14 minutes later that a 911 call had gone to the Lords-town Police Department, apparently about the Pyne shooting, but the caller didn’t provide an address.

South Leavitt Road is surrounded by Warren Township, which uses the Lordstown Police Department for dispatching services.

Police went to the South Leavitt address about 12:44 a.m. and determined that was probably the shooting scene because of blood on the side of the house. Dispatchers alerted Warren police a few minutes after midnight that Pyne had died.

Warren police interviewed anyone who was at the house, which is in the 200 block, a short distance south of West Market Street. Police resumed their interviews Monday.

Simpson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor attempt to commit an offense Oct. 25 in Warren Municipal Court and was placed on probation. At the time, he had a Parkman Road Northwest address.

That offense stemmed from a traffic stop Aug. 28. Simpson was charged with two felony counts of drug possession after police said Simpson had a bag of suspected crack cocaine and a bag of suspected heroin in his pocket when he was pulled over after being spotted with expired license plates on Highland Avenue Southwest.

Pyne was listed in the police report as a resident of Edison Road and the owner of the car Simpson was driving.

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