WARREN - Bond for a man charged with murder in connection with the April shooting death of a city man was set at $1.5 million today at his arraignment.
U.S. marshals on Monday picked up Michael B. Settle, 26, of 528 Sherman Ave. S.E., Niles, on a parole violation stemming from a 2010 aggravated robbery conviction, according to police sources.
He made an initial appearance in Warren Municipal Court this morning. He is due back in municipal court for a preliminary hearing July 31.
Settle, who is being held at the Trumbull County Jail, is facing charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault in the April 6 home invasion of a South Street residence.
Two masked men broke into the 918 South St. S.E. home of Lisa Prater, 48, shortly before 11:30 p.m. April 6, and shots were fired. Prater was treated for bullet wounds in her arm and leg, while her friend, James Levels, 64, of Beal Street N.W., died of multiple gunshot wounds in the chest.
No information has been made public yet regarding additional charges or more arrests stemming from the shooting.
Levels' murder was the city's first homicide of the year, and the first serious injury from gunfire in 2014.
Dan Deville, head of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, said Monday's arrest was "as uneventful as can be."
He said the marshals received a call from Warren police asking for assistance in arresting Settle. He said Settle was on the front lawn cutting siding to put on his parents' house, where he was staying, when he was arrested around 9:30 a.m.