Local man indicted in Warren fatal stabbing

Faces aggravated burglary, robbery charges, held on $500K bond

WARREN — A Braceville Township man was indicted Thursday in a special Trumbull County grand jury report on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery in connection to Monday’s death of Marlon D. Smith, 27.

Walter L. Toles, 54, 4473 Elm St. SW in Braceville will be arraigned on the felony charges at 10 a.m. today before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice.

Smith was found Monday afternoon by his mother bleeding on the floor of his home at 236 Oriole Place SW, Warren. Smith was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s office has ruled Smith’ death a homicide from a stab wound to the neck.

Trumbull County jail records show Toles is being held on a $500,000 bond, which was set at his municipal court arraignment on Tuesday.

Warren police officers said they were able to make a quick arrest because of evidence at the scene and the cooperation of witnesses.

During Monday’s 911 call, Smith’s mother, Angela, said she went to the house during her lunch break because one of the windows there was broken for the last four to five months, and someone was supposed to be at the house to repair it.

The mother told the dispatcher that she rang the doorbell and knocked on the door several times, but no one answered. She let herself into the home with a spare key, according to a police report.

She found her son on his knees on the couch. When she turned him over, she told the dispatchers there was blood all over and she thought he was dead.

Toles, according to Trumbull County jail records, has been arrested and placed in jail 17 times since March 1996 until his arrest on Monday afternoon. Over the years, the Newton Falls resident has faced multiple charges of drug possession, having drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and intoxication, drug abuse, obstructing official business, theft, receiving stolen property and various traffic violations.


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