WARREN - A Texas man charged with murder in the Oct. 26 shooting death of a local man is being held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail.
Warren Municipal Court Judge Terry Ivanchak on Thursday called Tashawn Walker a ''flight risk'' during the 26-year-old man's arraignment.
Walker, of Baytown, Texas, is accused of fatally shooting Richard C. Rollison IV, 24, at the Sunoco service station on West Market Street one week after his brother, Taemarr Walker, was killed in a police-involved shooting near Palmyra and Risher roads.
Warren police issued an arrest warrant for Tashawn Walker the same day Rollison, who can be heard identifying him as the shooter on a police dashboard camera recording, was fatally shot.
He waived his right to an extradition hearing in Texas last week and Warren police traveled to Houston this week to escort him to Warren to face the murder charge.
The judge noted various local cases pending where Tashawn Walker failed to show up for court hearings, the severity of the charge he is now facing and the circumstances of his arrest as key points in his decision to deny Tashawn Walker bond on Thursday. The judge also entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
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Tashawn Walker, 26, of Baytown, Texas, appeared for a video arraignment in Warren Municipal Court on Thursday to face a murder charge in the shooting death of Richard Rollison IV.
He is facing 15 years to life in prison and a fine of $15,000 to $50,000 if convicted. His preliminary hearing in municipal court is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 10:15 a.m.
U.S. Marshals arrested Tashawn Walker at a home in Baytown, Texas, Oct. 28 they said "without incident." During the arrest, two firearms and a box of ammunition were found and seized as potential evidence.
Officials said Walker apparently traveled from Texas to Warren to attend Taemarr Walker's Oct. 26 funeral. Tashawn Walker and another relative have been named in connection with an Oct. 26 shooting at the J&L Lounge in Warren Township after they allegedly accused guests at a party there of celebrating Taemarr Walker's death. However, no one has been charged in that incident.
Police allege Tashawn Walker left the J&L Lounge early the morning of Oct. 26 and headed into Warren, where he came into contact with Rollison outside the gas station, shot Rollison and took Rollison's vehicle. Rollison was shot six times. His vehicle was found abandoned a short time later.
Tensions have been high in the city after the shootings. Officials confirmed there have been threats made against city police officers and other individuals on social media sites. The Ohio State Patrol, at the request of Warren police, increased patrols in the city and at one point called in troopers from several posts including Lisbon, Canfield, and Ashtabula to help with the effort.
Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting that killed Taemarr Walker.