Trio Indicted for 2011 Assassinations

Duane Colvin
Duane Colvin

A man described by prosecutors as one of the area’s most prolific drug dealers is now facing charges that he and two others assassinated two men during a three-day span in 2011.

DeWaylyn Colvin, 31, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison last month following a lengthy investigation into the drug ring he controlled, was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of having weapons as a felon.

Two men, Michael L. Austin Jr., 19, of Youngstown, and Hakeem D. Henderson, 21, of Salem and San Diego, Calif., are also facing two aggravated murder charges. Colvin and Austin are in jail, but Henderson is at-large and police consider him armed and dangerous.

All three face life in prison for killing Adam Christian, 23, and Raymond Hayes, 20, on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15.

Police at the time called the killings “assassinations.”

Austin also is facing charges for trying to kill Deray Johnson on Dec. 23, 2012. Austin, who was convicted in 2009 of aggravated burglary as a juvenile, was charged with having a weapons as a felon.

Both Christian and Hayes were killed and left in fields on the city’s East Side.

Police at the time believed Hayes was a suspect in Christian’s murder. Christian was found dead in a field in the 1400 block of Woodcrest Avenue.

Hayes was found three days later by a motorist on Gerwig Avenue and Knapp Street. Police found 11 shell casings around his body and believed he was brought to the sparsely populated area to be murdered.

During Colvin’s sentencing hearing, St. Dominic Pastor Fr. Greg Maturi said Colvin gave information that ultimately helped investigators find who killed 80-year-old Angeline Fimognari. Police originally charged Jamar Houser, who was eventually cleared.

Police said they found Duane Colvin, 32, killed Fimognari during a robbery attempt after they exhumed his body and matched a handprint found by investigators. Duane Colvin was fatally shot Sept. 24. His body was found in a field on Ferndale Avenue and the murder is unsolved.

DeWaylyn Colvin was sentenced to six years in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Eric Martinez, 16, who was fatally shot in the driveway of a Josephine Street home. Colvin showed up at the hospital about an hour later with five gunshot wounds.

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