UPDATE | 2 arrested in connection with one of two East Side homicides


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YOUNGSTOWN — One of two men arrested for a shooting death late Monday on Wilson Avenue has served time in prison for a previous shooting death.

Earl Charity, 34, served a six-year sentence on a manslaughter charge for the shooting death of Darrick Hall, 23, who was shot and killed Oct. 4, 2009, at North and Arlington avenues on the North Side.

Charity was not sentenced until March 2015, however, because the case was dismissed by former Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court because he ruled Charity’s speedy-trial rights were violated. Prosecutors appealed to the 7th District Court Of Appeals, who reversed the decision.

Charity entered a plea to the manslaughter charge, and served his sentence concurrently with a seven-year sentence he received for shooting at a house in March 2010 on Springdale Avenue on the East Side. In that case, he pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm and improper discharge of a firearm at or into a habitation.

Also charged with Charity in Monday’s homicide is Juan Phillips, 32. The name of the victim has not been released.

Police are also investigating a homicide after a man was found shot to death about 12:05 a.m. on Plazaview Court. The victim in that case also has not been named yet.

10:24 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Police have arrested Earl Charity, 32, and Juan Phillips, 34, in connection with a Wilson Avenue homicide.

The victim was found about 11:30 p.m. inside a garage on Wilson, reports said. Officers also found weapons at the scene.

The coroner’s office will release the victim’s name once his or her family has been notified.

No arrests have been made in connection with a man found shot to death about 12:05 a.m. today on Plazaview Court. Police Chief Robin Lees said detectives are looking for footage from video cameras at the apartment complex.

9:47 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Police Chief Robin Lees said today that he anticipates charges being filed against two men who were found late Monday at the scene of a shooting death on Wilson Avenue.

Lees said both men are in the Mahoning County jail. The victim was found about 11:30 p.m.inside a garage on Wilson Avenue, reports said.

Lees said officers also found weapons at the scene.

A man was also found shot to death about 12:05 a.m. in the 900 block of Plazaview Court. Lees said detectives are back there looking for footage from video cameras at the complex.

Lees said the homicides are unrelated.

The names of the victims will be released by the Mahoning County coroners office.

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