YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police said a witness helped tie two men from Columbus to the killing a Masury man near the Four Seasons Flea Market last November.
Daniel Kitchen and his half-brother, David Madumelu, are facing several charges related to the death of 34-year-old Joshua Beasley. Police said they also shot two women on Youngstown’s south side the next day in an attempt to cover up Beasley’s murder.
Beth Kowalski, Beasley’s sister, said her family is still coming to terms with her brother’s death eight months ago.
“Josh was the kind of person that would give you anything that you wanted, that you asked for, that last dollar in his wallet,” she said.
That’s why Beasley’s death was all the more shocking.
Police said a witness pointed to Madumelu as the shooter, saying that he and Kitchen killed Beasley after they robbed him.
The witness was arrested in Columbus — along with Madumelu and Kitchen — on charges related to a string of robberies there.
She recounted the circumstances surrounding that day, on November 6, when Beasley was killed.
According to the witness, the three were in town for a funeral and spotted Beasley when he pulled over in Four Seasons’ parking lot. Police said Beasley had been driving his motorcycle and had pulled over to send a text message.
The witness told police that after taking Beasley’s wallet, Madumelu shot him in the head. Beasley wasn’t found until about three hours later.
“I’m sure they assumed he was an easy victim, and it was kind of a secluded area. It was 2:30 in the morning. Nobody was around, and that’s when they decided to rob him,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Doug Bobovnyik.
The next day, the three went to a house on Cohasset, where Kitchen shot two women, the witness told investigators.
Detectives said one of the women had been with the suspects when Beasley was killed, and that they were shot to silence them as potential witnesses.
They have since recovered from their injuries.
Ballistics made the tie between the gun seized in Columbus and evidence found in Youngstown, according to Lt. Bobovnyik.
“It matched the murder scene — the scene on Cohasset — and there were shots fired in Columbus, and it matched the casings there,” he said.
Three days later, Kitchen and Madumelu were arrested and tied to a string of robberies. They were sentenced to 17 years in prison, while the witness will be on probation in exchange for her testimony against the men in the murder trial.
That trial is expected to begin early next month.
Beasley’s sister said she’s grateful that justice might still be served.
“It will hopefully bring a little closure, but nothing can ever bring back what they took,” she said.