WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A defendant charged in a Warren murder over the weekend could face the death penalty, if convicted.
Kashaun Williams, 29, has been indicted on two counts of aggravated murder with firearm specifications, attempted murder with a firearm specification, felonious assault, kidnapping with a firearm specification, aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, having weapons while under disability, receiving stolen property and assault on a police officer.
Williams appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment before Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice. Judge Rice ordered that Williams be held in jail without bond.
Police identified Williams as the suspect who they say killed 34-year-old James Chapman in the 600 block of Lener Ave. SW on Sunday morning. A woman with a gunshot wound was also taken to the hospital with injuries.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant, when police officers arrived on the scene Sunday, they saw a man, later identified as Williams, forcing the woman into the back of a vehicle. As the officers arrived, Williams dropped a gun and ran behind a home on Lerner Avenue.
The affidavit noted the dropped weapon was a 9mm Springfield model XDS, which was reported stolen during a January burglary in Fowler.
Williams was eventually arrested in a heavily wooded area.
Williams is scheduled to be back in court next week for a pretrial hearing. He has previously been convicted of felonious assault twice in Trumbull County Common Pleas court.