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Thu. 2:50pm: Trial rescheduled in Warren homicide

July 11, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN - The jury trial originally scheduled to open Monday for a man accused of murdering Marco Dukes Sr. in a downtown shootout has been moved to Nov. 19.

Dale A. Hatch, 25, of Warren, also known as "Black," is charged with aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault

It is the second time Hatch's trial has been rescheduled.

He, along Derrick "Rizzi" Peete, 22, with addresses in Warren and Detroit, have remained at the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $2.5 million bond since they were arraigned late last year on charges connected to the shooting death of 32-year-old Dukes.

Peete's trial is scheduled to open Nov. 12. He is facing similar charges.

Detectives have described the Nov. 11 shooting as a "major gun battle," indicating that at least three people involved had high-powered weapons, and Dukes may have returned gunfire as he and an unarmed cousin were apparently ambushed behind a home on Elm Court.

Dukes was transported by a helicopter to a Cleveland hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His cousin, Larry Smith, 29, of Warren, was wounded and has since recovered from injuries.

Both stood on or near a rear stairway leading to home on Elm Court when gunfire broke out just before 10:30 a.m., according to police reports. Officers recovered nearly 50 shell casings from various weapons in a parking lot in that area.



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