Local man charged in stabbing

WARREN – A man accused in the stabbing death of a Williamsburg Street resident was indicted Thursday on a murder charge.

Richard A. Clark, 39, of various Warren and Niles addresses, also was indicted on aggravated robbery and heroin possession charges.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. today before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan.

Clark is accused of stabbing Dwayne Hickman, 49, close to a dozen times last month. Warren police discovered Hickman’s body at his home March 25 after a family member asked them to check on his welfare.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office confirmed Hickman died around March 19 of multiple stab wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.

Police initially arrested Clark on March 26 when they spotted Hickman’s vehicle, which Clark is accused of stealing, at a Maryland Street residence. However, because Clark was unconscious when police found him, he was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he remained under police watch.

Police took Clark into custody at the hospital on a felony drug possession warrant April 2. The next day, police charged him with Hickman’s murder. He has been held at the Trumbull County Jail without bond since.

Clark is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. April 22 in Warren Municipal Court on a drug possession charge.

Police said Hickman and Clark had a history, and that Clark had stayed at Hickman’s home periodically. Court records list 124 Morningside Drive, Niles, as an address for Clark. However, recent police reports show his residence as 1227 N. Park Ave., Warren.

Since 1993, Clark has been charged with various crimes, including drug-related offenses, endangering children, theft, receiving stolen property, attempted burglary, stealing a car, unauthorized use of a car, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

Hickman also had several brushes with the law, most recently in 2009 when he was found guilty of a misdemeanor drug possession charge after pleading no contest, according to Warren Municipal Court records.

His death marked the city’s third homicide this year and its second within a week. There were five homicides in the city in 2012.

Police are also investigating the shooting death of Rodney Fletcher, 45, 423 Second St. S.W. Police found Fletcher’s body at his residence just before 11 p.m. March 18 after receiving a 911 call from an unidentified woman.

Cory Blackwell, 25, also of Warren, was fatally shot Jan. 1 at the former Sunset Lounge on East Market Street.