Alleged Murderer, Career Criminals Targeted

An accused murderer facing the death penalty and a man arrested 27 times since 1996 were among 97 people charged Wednesday with several crimes stemming from investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies.

The indictments include 55 cases taken by federal  prosecutors and 42 taken by Trumbull County prosecutors, of which 23 were unsealed Wednesday.  All of the state cases were drug trafficking charges.

Federal prosecutors indicted three drug trafficking organizations and two brothers who sold illegal guns to felons. But their investigations also included several indictments against some accused of acting alone in the drug trade or were felons caught with guns.

“These are people who everybody agrees should not have firearms,” said U.S. Northern District Attorney Steven Dettelbach. “They are getting them nevertheless and they’re causing significant problems in our community.”

One who was charged on Wednesday with being a felon with a gun was David Martin, 28, who could face the death penalty for ordering a woman to tie up a man during a home invasion in September, then fatally shooting Jeremy Cole, 21.

Martin also shot the woman, Melissa Putnam, 29, in the hand. The bullet traveled through her hand and into her neck.

He also faces charges of attempted aggravated robbery, kidnapping, repeat violent offender specifications and receiving stolen property for using a stolen gun in the crime. Martin fled and was eventually arrested weeks later in Tallmadge.

He was previously convicted in Cuyahoga County for robbery and felonious assault.

Derrick McCullough, 32, of Youngstown, was also indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and distributing the drug.

McCullough and his brother, Roy, were previously charged with  pushing a 17-year-old girl to the ground and severely beating the girl’s father while collecting a $1,200 marijuana debt in 2011.

McCullough, and his brother, Roy, were charged with beating and stabbing Shawn Flowers in June 2011.

Flowers shot Derrick McCullough twice in the leg and his brother several times in the stomach during the fight and was never charged with a crime for the shooting. Flowers, however, was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds, bruises, missing teeth and a split lip that extended to his chin. His right hand and ribs were broken and suffered collapsed lungs.

Another man now facing charges include Goodwin Lofton, 48, of Warren, who has been arrested on 27 cases in Warren, court records show. He is now facing a felon with a gun charge.

He faced a myriad of charges, including drug and theft related charges. Reports also show Goodwin was shot in the hip by three masked men in August 2011.

Dwayne Bruce, 23, is also facing charges of being a felon with a gun. Bruce was sentenced to four years in prison for robbing a 20-year-old man and shooting up his home with Antonio Price, who is facing charges that he shot a bullet at the Powerhouse Bar on Mahoning Avenue that ripped through a nearby home and struck a sleeping woman in the head.

Bruce was expected to cooperate with investigators against Price in that case.

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