Verdict reached in Youngstown murder case

Anthony Hopkins is accused of the murder of James Brown in September 2014.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A verdict was reached Friday in a Mahoning County murder case.

Anthony Hopkins was found guilty of aggravated murder in the September 2013 shooting death of James Brown. Brown’s body was found lying in a pile of shattered glass on Truesdale Avenue.

Hopkins was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and intimidation of Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamesa.

“I’m really happy with today’s verdict. I think it finally shows that jurors can pay attention, listen to the evidence and really judge the credibility of an eyewitness versus forensic science,” Cantalamesa said.

The jury had been deliberating since Thursday afternoon.

Two others accused in the case, Randall Miller and his wife Megan, have already been convicted for their roles in the crime.

Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and obstruction charges in connection to the case. Megan Miller pleaded guilty to falsification. She originally was charged with evidence tampering.

Sentencing for Hopkins is set for a later date. He could face life behind bars.

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