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Woman arraigned on murder in death of man struck by car

YOUNGSTOWN — Kasodah N. Davenport, 25, of Burlington Street, was arraigned Friday on a murder charge in Youngstown Municipal Court in the May 8 death of Richard Oliver, 66, of Bryant Avenue, who was hit by a car near his home.

She also was arraigned on two felony counts of theft from May 8, but police have not said why she is charged with theft.

Bond was set at $500,000, and she remains in the Mahoning County jail. No plea was required. She also was arraigned on two counts of felony theft, which did not affect her bond amount. She also was arraigned Friday on a third theft charge, this one from Aug. 4.

Davenport returns to court at 9:45 a.m. Friday for preliminary hearings on all four charges.

In the homicide, police were called to the 2000 block of Bryant Avenue on the East Side at 10:58 p.m. May 8 for someone being run over by a vehicle. When they arrived, Oliver was dead in his yard. A handgun was near his head. The vehicle that hit him was not there.

Police were sent to 1224 Burlington St. on the North Side to try to find a suspect vehicle and located one at 1222 Burlington St. While officers were near the vehicle, a Youngstown detective was on the phone with Davenport, who told him she was seeing officers near her car.

She appeared to be coming out the door to her home to speak with officers and was asked if she had any weapons, to which she responded, “I did not murder anyone” and then closed the door, according to a Youngstown police report.

Police were advised by a citizen that Davenport had arrived at the home several minutes before officers arrived.

On Aug. 5, a warrant for felony theft was filed in Youngstown Municipal Court for Davenport. And on Tuesday, charges of murder and two more felony theft charges were filed against her.

The Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force went to Davenport’s home on Burlington Street Wednesday and arrested her on the charges. She did not answer the door when officers knocked. They entered the home and found her hiding in a bedroom. She was taken to jail.

Davenport’s most recent other legal trouble besides the murder and theft charges was when a forcible-entry eviction was filed against her Aug. 12 in Youngstown Municipal Court. The eviction was for 1124 Burlington St., according to court records. A hearing on the eviction was scheduled for Sept.13.

She pleaded guilty to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in September 2019 and was placed on one year of probation.

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