Yo. murder suspect a no-show in court Monday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities issued a bench warrant Tuesday for a Youngstown man, charged with aggravated murder, who did not show up in court.

Earl Price, 42, charged in connection with a Feb. 7 shooting death outside a south side Youngstown jazz lounge, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning. A bench warrant is an order to bring a suspect who fails to appear in court into custody.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Price Feb. 19 on a charge of aggravated murder and a weapons charge. The murder charge also carries a gun specification and a repeat violent offender specification, according to court documents.

Police said Price got into an argument with DeJuan Thomas, 33, inside the Jazz Partners lounge on Oak Hill Avenue before both men went outside and Thomas was shot.

Police said Thomas died of a bullet wound to his chest. He was driven to St. Elizabeth Health Center in a green Dodge Neon covered with blood on the inside and a shattered window, according to witnesses.

Thomas was set to appear at a pre-trial hearing Feb. 10 surrounding the 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Kristopher Stewart. Thomas was one of three men indicted in October in connection to the case.

Price has not yet been arrested and a warrant has been issued.

Court records show Price was charged in 1992 with six counts of felonious assault and a charge of aggravated robbery, as well as a weapons charge. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, which included three years on a firearms specification.

He tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but it was denied, court records show.

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