STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A suspect charged in the death of a Struthers man was arraigned Friday in Struthers Municipal Court.
Roy Cleary, 40, was charged with murder in the stabbing death of 56-year-old Mark Westfall.
Bond was set $500,000.
Westfall’s body was found earlier this month inside his apartment at the Struthers Manor complex. He had been stabbed more than 30 times, according to police.
According to Struthers Detective Jeff Lewis, Westfall was using pain medication or muscle relaxers for a medical condition and Cleary wanted the pills.
“From what witnesses told us and the suspect himself, they were involved in an argument,” said Lewis. “The victim was accusing him of stealing his prescription pills, and they got into a pretty heated argument over it.”
Struthers City Prosecutor Dominic Leone said the crime is in part a result of the economic and social changes in the city.
“The combination of the financial crisis in the city, the financial meltdown, low income housing and drug dependency as well,” said Leone.
The night Westfall’s body was discovered inside his Struthers Manor apartment, neighbors complained about increasing crime in the facility. Police wonder whether Cleary had been involved in any of it.
“We don’t know that for sure. However, he was befriending a lot of the elderly residents there, but we have no official complaints,” Lewis said.
Leone said the case will likely be presented to a Mahoning County grand jury next week.
Cleary also is facing an unrelated robbery charge from five years ago where he failed to show up for a hearing.