Report: Second man present at site of Boardman homicide probe

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN has uncovered a police document indicating that the death of a man in Boardman at his home this past weekend occurred while another man was in the house.

The man said Chris Craft picked him up Saturday night and that the two returned to Craft’s house, drank beer, did cocaine and watched pornographic movies in the upstairs bedroom, according to the police report. He said he last saw Craft around 6 a.m. when Craft gave him xanax, a drug designed to treat anxiety and insomnia.

The incident report of Sunday’s homicide of Craft indicates the man who called 911 that afternoon, who we are not identifying since he has not been charged, told dispatchers the victim had “shot his face off” after the two spent the night together at Craft’s home on Alverne Drive.

According to the report, the man called police Sunday around noon after he saw Craft dead on the floor. Police arrived to find the man inside the residence by the front door, then entered the residence and discovered Craft lying on the floor near a computer table with his legs on a chair.

He said Craft slept downstairs, while he remained upstairs. When he came downstairs in the morning, he said he saw only Craft’s arm and thought he was asleep. The police report says the man claimed he went outside, drank two beers and discovered Craft dead when he came inside.

Our reporting team went to the house listed in the police report as belonging to the caller, but found no one home and we were not able to reach him by phone.

Police said on Tuesday that the death of Craft, 48, is being investigated as a homicide and that the assailant attempted to lead police astray by tampering with the victim’s body.

Mahoning County forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Ohr said that Craft suffered a wound to the side of his head and face, and that he was hit with an object. Ohr said that someone cut and removed a portion of Craft’s face at the wound site to throw off investigators.

“This wound was, at the edges of the wound, it seemed clear to me that the wound was made with a sharp instrument. It is reasonable to think it was a knife. The type of knife, I do not know,” Dr. Ohr said.

“We received a 911 call Sunday afternoon that stated a male had committed suicide. Our officers responded to the scene. No weapon was located and they found the male gentleman to have facial injuries that we thought were created to hide the actual wound,” said Boardman Police Sgt. Rick Balog.

Our news team also discovered the victim had his own run-ins with the law dating back to the early 2000’s in the Dayton area, where he was convicted of burglary and in the Cincinnati area, where he was given probation on a driving-under-the-influence case. Neighbors have told us Craft moved into the Alverne Drive house two or three years ago.

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