Man killed in Youngstown was set to stand trial in murder case

DeJuan Thomas was shot and killed in Youngstown, Ohio.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A man who was shot and killed outside a jazz bar in Youngstown over the weekend was to appear in court this week on aggravated murder charges.

DeJuan Thomas, 33, was shot early Saturday morning outside Partner’s Jazz Lounge on Oak Hill Avenue.

Thomas was driven in a private vehicle to Saint Elizabeth’s hospital with a bullet wound to his chest. He died a short time later.

Thomas was set to appear at a pre-trail hearing on Tuesday surrounding the 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Kristopher Stewart.

Three men were indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury in October 2014 in connection to the case.

Kalontae Carter, 18, of Norwood Avenue and Thomas were indicted on aggravated murder and aggravated robbery charges. A third suspect, LaQuawn Hopkins, 36, of Schenley Avenue, was charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

According to prosecutors, Thomas and Carter fatally shot Kristopher Stewart, 26, on April 30 at Stuart’s home in the 2100 block of Elm Street.

Gunfire was exchange during the shooting hitting Thomas multiple times in the chest and torso and Carter was shot in the arm. Both walked to Saint Elizabeth Health Center’s emergency room about 20 minutes apart.

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