Juvenile murder case gets Sunday hearing date

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Juvenile Judge Theresa Dellick has set an unusual hearing date and time in a juvenile murder case.

Three juveniles charged in the killing of 14-year-old Landon Lockhart will appear 9 a.m. April 30. It is a Sunday.

Two of the defendants are Anthony Wilkins and Anjuan Whitfield, who were 16 when they were arrested last summer, and were charged with aggravated murder and a gun specification in the death. The third defendant, Elijah Carlisle, 17, was arrested in January.

The hearing will determine whether there is probable cause that the three committed the offenses charged. The three were scheduled for the hearing Feb. 15, but it was postponed.

Wes Skeels, juvenile court administrator, said the reason for setting the hearing for a Sunday morning is that when the attorneys for the three juveniles discussed a new hearing date, the soonest available was at the end of the summer. The judge said that was too late, and the parties agreed to April 30. That date was “the earliest open date,” the judge said, adding she appreciates “the attorneys accommodating their schedules” for the hearing.

Wilkins and Whitfield initially were detained in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center starting May 11, 2022, on unrelated matters, Skeels has said.

The body of Lockhart was found Jan. 13, 2021, in a wooded area off of North Truesdale Avenue on the East Side.

Lockhart, of Parkwood Avenue on the South Side, went missing Nov. 21, 2021. He was last seen leaving his home, police said. His body was found a little less than two months later. He was identified using fingerprint records.

He was a student in the Youngstown City Schools.


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