Documents: Police have bloody knife, surveillance video in Warren homicide
By Ed Runyan
Prosecutors and police won’t reveal the specifics of what they saw on a July 8 surveillance video of the knife fight that killed Michael Krevas in a parking lot near downtown.
But authorities are confirming that the fight between Krevas, 31, of Washington Street Northwest, and Arteum Brodeur, 24, of North Park Avenue, was captured on surveillance video.
Police won’t say where the camera that caught the fight is located, but the parking lot next to Brodeur’s house where the fight occurred is also next to a large apartment building and across the street from the Warren YWCA and a funeral home.
In court documents filed in Brodeur’s case, Chris Becker, assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said prosecutors have turned over to Brodeur’s lawyers a DVD containing a video of the fight.
In another filing, Becker said prosecutors believe Brodeur stabbed Krevas to death in the parking lot, “then went back to his apartment and left the bloody knife, then fled and hid at 1937 Willard Ave. SE.”
Prosecutors also gave Brodeur’s attorneys six DVDs containing witness statements police obtained.
Adding to the evidence against Broder is information contained in a court document saying police secured a bloody knife from Brodeur’s apartment two days after the July 8 stabbing death.
An affidavit in support of a search warrant for a DNA sample from Brodeur says one witness told police she saw Brodeur with a knife at the scene.
Another witness said Brodeur fled after the stabbing and might be at 1937 Willard Ave. SE, which is where police arrested him a few hours later.
Brodeur was charged with murder and tampering with evidence and is in the Trumbull County jail awaiting trial.
Brodeur told police “he was attacked by the victim and the two fought. Brodeur denied having a knife or stabbing Krevas,” the affidavit says.
But when police used a search warrant at Brodeur’s apartment, they found a bloody, black and pink, tiger-striped folding knife, the affidavit says. A witness told police she gave Brodeur the knife because she owed him money for mowing her yard, it adds.
Police secured Brodeur’s clothing at the time of his arrest because “blood appeared to be on his clothes,” the affidavit says.
Authorities wanted a sample of Brodeur’s DNA so they could determine whether it was on any of the other objects associated with Krevas’ death.
Brodeur returns to court Wednesday before Judge W. Wyatt McKay for his next pretrial. If convicted, Brodeur could get a life prison sentence.