Murder case set to go to trial Monday

Earl Price

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A pre-trial was held Wednesday morning in Mahoning County Court for the man accused of fatally shooting 33-year-old DeJuan Thomas.

The defense and prosecution said they are ready for the opening of the jury trial scheduled for Monday.

Earl Price, 42, is charged in connection with the Feb. 7 shooting death outside a south side Youngstown jazz lounge.

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.

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