Three men indicted in slayings

YOUNGSTOWN – Three men were indicted Thursday on charges related to a pair of homicides on the East Side in 2011.

Indicted on two counts of aggravated murder as well as having firearms under disability were Dewaylyn Colvin, 30, of Youngstown; Michael Leonard Austin Jr., 19, of Midland Avenue; and Hakeem Dwan Henderson, 21, of Union Street in Salem. Henderson also has an address in San Diego and is the older brother of Austin.

Colvin and Austin are in custody but Henderson is on the loose and is considered dangerous, police said.

The three are accused of the murder of Adam Christian, 23, who was shot and killed at 1477 Woodcrest Ave. early Nov. 13, 2011, and Raymond ”Remel” Hayes, 20, who was found shot to death near Gerwig Avenue and Knapp Street in the Sharon Line area.

A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court grand jury handed up the indictments late Thursday afternoon. Austin was also indicted on a charge of attempted murder in the Dec. 23, 2012, shooting of Deray Johnson.

The department issued a news release late Thursday afternoon but investigators could not be reached for comment.

Hayes’ body was found by a passing motorist about 10:30 a.m. Nov 16, 2011. The motorist saw a man lying in a field and honked his horn because he thought the man was asleep. When the motorist got no response, he called 911.

Investigators found 11 shell casings around Hayes’ body. The area is remote and almost all the homes are vacant.

Police said at the time that Hayes was a person of interest in the murder of Christian, who was shot on a sidewalk in the 1400 block of Woodcrest Avenue.

Officers think Hayes’ body had been lying in the field eight to 10 hours before it was discovered.

Colvin was sentenced to 11 years in prison March 20 by Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D’Apolito on drug charges.

In 2005, Colvin, while serving a federal sentence on drug charges, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the July 13, 2004, murder of Eric Martinez, 16, of Jackson Street, who was shot to death in the driveway of a Josephine Street home.