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Man ruled competent

Murder trial set for Dec. 5

YOUNGSTOWN — A man accused of killing the mother of his child was ruled competent to stand trial Friday.

Steve W. Green II, 25, appeared in the courtroom of Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Anthony D’Apolito for a pretrial hearing. Green’s attorney, Mark Lavelle, had sought a second opinion on a psychological evaluation of Green’s sanity, but D’Apolito ruled the defendant fit and set a trial for Dec. 5.

Green remains housed in Mahoning County jail pending the posting of a $1 million bond. He faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and domestic violence. He was arrested Oct. 9, 2021, accused in the shooting death of Ashley Lockhart, 25, of Youngstown, outside an Austintown apartment building.

Lockhart, who was the mother of Green’s child, was shot while she was on the phone calling 911 to tell them about Green. A cousin of Lockhart — who claims to have seen Green shoot Lockhart — testified that Green was “obsessed” with Lockhart.

The couple had broken up about a year before the Oct. 8 killing at the Compass West apartments, where Lockhart was visiting her cousin.

The shooting began with an Austintown police dispatcher receiving a 10:37 p.m. call from a woman about an ongoing domestic dispute. The dispatcher could hear arguing between the caller and the man and heard multiple shots through the phone and then screaming, police have said. The dispatcher heard six shots.

Court records show that Green’s next pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 21 in D’Apolito’s courtroom.

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