Bond of $1M set in murder case


By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

A judge set bond of $1 million for Arteum P. Brodeur, 24, after he was indicted in the stabbing death of Michael Krevas, 31, July 8.

The men lived about a block from each other, and the stabbing took place in an apartment parking lot next to Brodeur’s home, which is only a block north of the jail where Brodeur now lives.

Brodeur, of North Park Avenue, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with evidence before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County common pleas court. If convicted, the penalty would be 15 years to life in prison.

Police have not said what led up to the 9:30 p.m. stabbing, but Chris Becker, assistant county prosecutor, said the killing is “not what I would consider a drug-related case,” though drugs are an “overlay” to much of the crime in the county.

Brodeur was arrested late July 8, a few hours after Krevas was found stabbed. Krevas lived on Washington Street Northwest.

The sheriff’s office confirmed that Brodeur was assaulted early Wednesday in the jail and was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital for treatment of minor injuries to his head.

Two men were charged Friday in Warren Municipal court in the assault. Kashuan Williams, 23, of Sweetbrier Street Southwest, and Marquis D. Porterfield, 20 of Belmont Street will both be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on misdemeanor assault charges.

A jail incident report says Williams assaulted Brodeur with fists and a plastic garbage can while Brodeur was lying on a cot. Porterfield was not mentioned, but the incident was recorded on surveillance video.

Jail officials said it’s not known what the fight was about. Brodeur did appear to have bruising in various places on his head when he appeared in court Friday.

Meanwhile, Jacob Larosa, 17, charged with the murder of his elderly neighbor, may be closer to going to trial after a pretrial hearing in Judge McKay’s courtroom Friday.

Larosa, of Layfayette Avenue in Niles, is accused of killing Marie Belcastro, 94, at her home on Cherry Street in Niles March 31, 2015.

A competency evaluation has been conducted on Larosa to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial, but it may be necessary to have a second evaluation, court officials said.

At the next hearing, at 9 a.m. Aug. 4, officials expect to know whether any additional evaluations will be needed or whether the trial can proceed early in 2018.

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