WARREN - Detective John Greaver had Richard Clark's name as a possible murder suspect even before the unconscious Clark was discovered naked in a bathtub from a heroin overdose blocks away from the murder scene.
Greaver, the lead investigator in the murder of 49-year-old Dwayne Hickman, testified Wednesday to that fact in Clark's murder trial.
Testimony from the Warren detective and a forensic scientist specializing in DNA highlighted action in the trial that is expected to conclude as early as today after Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk gives his account of nearly a dozen stab and slashing wounds found on Hickman's body on March 25 inside his home on Williamsburg Street N.W.
Germaniuk will be the prosecution's final witness, according to assistant prosecutors Chris Becker and Gabe Wildman.
And defense attorneys Matt Pentz and David Rouzzo wouldn't reveal their defense plans other than Pentz saying there ''wont' be that many witnesses.''
It's unlikely they would call Clark, 39, to testify since he has a criminal record that would be revealed to the jury of nine women and three men hearing the case in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice. The jury also would hear more details about Clark's heroin use if he took the stand.
Rouzzo did make some points with the jury, by having state crime scientist Stacy Violi admit that none of Clark's DNA was found on the murder weapon - a large kitchen knife found wrapped in a towel inside a garbage bag. Clark's blue jeans found in the room he was staying in on Maryland Street had a mixture of DNA found on blood samples from both victim and defendant.
Also in the bag though was a sweater that had a major DNA profile of Clark's blood and a minor profile of Hickman's blood.
It was a sweater that friends of Hickman saw Clark wearing shortly before the murder.
Those friends, who Greaver questioned at police headquarters after he was assigned the case, gave the detective the name of ''Rick'' and then later his last name. They also said Hickman's car was missing.
It wasn't until after Greaver finished his questioning and went home that he was called by dispatchers who told him Hickman's car was found outside the Maryland Street home where Clark had stayed after staying several days at Hickman's home. Police were allowed to enter the home by the resident there and found Clark unconscious.
Defense attorneys were trying to convince jurors that Clark had permission to borrow Hickman's car that contained his wallet. They say the case is purely circumstantial since there is no eye witness to the killing.
Hickman's phone and several guns belonging to the victim also were found at the Maryland Street home where Clark was staying.
The items are among 64 exhibits, including photos, that the prosecution has presented since Tuesday.