WARREN - A former local man arrested in Texas and charged with murder in the Oct. 26 shooting death of a Warren man was indicted Wednesday on aggravated murder charges.
Tashawn Walker, 26, who is being held without bond at the Trumbull County Jail, was named in the special report by the Trumbull County grand jury. He faces a firearm specification that carries a mandatory three years in prison. And besides the murder charge, Walker was indicted on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The two weapons charges are fourth-degree felonies that carry up to 18 months in prison.
The murder charge is not considered a capital case and carries penalties of 15 years to life in prison. Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos was assigned the case. Judge W. Wyatt McKay will arraign Walker on the new charges at 12:30 p.m. today.
Walker, who was living in 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.
Wednesday's indictment precedes and heads off the need for a preliminary hearing in Warren Municipal Court scheduled for Friday.
Warren police issued an arrest warrant for Tashawn Walker the same day Rollison was gunned down. Rollison can be heard identifying him as the shooter on a police dashboard camera recording. Warren police traveled to Houston to escort him to Warren after he waived extradition there.
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.