WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County grand jury returned an indictment against a man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a wooded area last year.
Antuan Parker is charged with aggravated murder, two counts of tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse, two counts of having weapons under disability and two counts of aggravated arson.
Parker is accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Desirae Boss, who was found Oct. 2, 2021, in the woods near Choctaw Avenue SW with a gunshot wound to the head.
Boss’s aunt Aleisa Code said she’s pleased with this step towards justice for her niece who she holds close to her heart.
“This is her urn. It’s a daisy. I called her daisy so this is representing her,” said Code.
Code keeps memories of Boss close to her heart and wears a purple bracelet with Boss’s name every day.
“She loved to sing. She could sing. Just her quirky smile and just her fire — I miss that. I really miss that fire in her, I do,” said Code.
Police arrested Parker Nov. 15, 2021. He’s being held in the Trumbull County Jail.
The aggravated arson charge that he faces stems from a fire at 692 Oak Street SW on Oct. 4.
“I’m very pleased. I’m ecstatic that they got this case together as quickly as they did,” said Code.
According to the indictment Parker is accused of killing Boss on or about Sept. 27.
The Trumbull County Coroner said she died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found in a wooded area of Choctaw St SW in Warren on Oct. 2.
Two days later, firefighters responded to a fire on Oak Street SW at the home where Parker was living. Detectives said they were looking into the fire in connection to the murder investigation.
“I can’t have my niece back. My family can’t have her back. But, you know justice will touch it a little bit and we need justice. We definitely need justice,” said Code.
Parker remains in the Trumbull County Jail on a $1 million bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in common pleas court on June 6.
Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.