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Austintown man, 21, pleads not guilty to murder

WARREN — The Austintown man accused of stabbing a man to death in Girard on July 30 was arraigned Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Cole P. Conti, 21, of Cannon Road, appeared in orange coveralls with his attorney Ron Yarwood, who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to a single murder charge.

Judge Ronald J. Rice continued Conti’s bond of $750,000 and set the next pretrial hearing for Sept. 13. A jury trial was set for Oct. 24 in Rice’s court.

Conti is accused of causing the death of William Lowry in a stabbing early in the morning of July 30 in the 500 block of Trumbull Avenue in Girard.

Conti was arrested early that morning after he told Girard police he had stabbed Lowry, after Lowry punched one of the men he was with in the face, according to police reports.

The three men started to fight, and Cole admitted to taking a knife and stabbing Lowry multiple times, according to a police report.

A spokeswoman for the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office said autopsy results for Lowry from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner are not completed. A cause of death is pending, the spokeswoman said.

A police report stated Lowry was stabbed five times. Police dispatch received notice at 1:10 a.m. July 30 that Lowry had died.

A police call summary report showed that a knife was recovered at the scene.

The case is being investigated by the Trumbull County Homicide Task Force and is being prosecuted by assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow. Morrow would not comment on the case.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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