Murder trial under way in Warren

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Jury selection for the trial of a homeless man accused of fatally stabbing a Warren man while stealing his car began on Monday.

Richard Clark, 39, formerly of Warren and Niles, is facing aggravated murder, robbery and heroin possession charges that allege he fatally stabbed Dwayne Hickman, 49, in his Williamsburg Street N.W. home.

Clark was found by police naked in a bathtub after overdosing on heroin. He was taken to a hospital and charged with murdering Hickman on March 25, after Hickman let Clark live with him for a period of time, investigators said.

Police said they found Hickman’s body after family members became worried when they were unable to contact him for days.

Officers found Hickman dead inside his home with 11 stab wounds.

Clark has been charged 12 times with drug offenses, twice with endangering children and receiving stolen property, three times with theft, and once each for attempted burglary, stealing a car, unauthorized use of a car, resisting arrest, trespassing and carrying a concealed weapon since 1993.

Hickman had several traffic violations, DUI, marijuana possession, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and using weapons while intoxicated charges in Warren Municipal Court.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice, who will preside over the trial, ruled against defense attorneys last month who sought to keep Clark’s hospital interview with police from counting against him during the trial because he had recently emerged from a coma.

Rice also ruled against attorneys Matthew Pentz and David Rouzzo when he allowed prosecutors to present evidence from a police search of a Section 8 apartment where a woman had allowed Clark to live for the month leading up to the murder.

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