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Quick arrest made in Warren murder

WARREN — The mother of murder victim Marlon D. Smith was crying during a phone call to Trumbull County 911 on Monday afternoon when she found her son bleeding on the floor of his home at 236 Oriole Place SW.

The woman, Angela Smith, 52, barely was able to catch her breath between sobs as she attempted to tell dispatchers that she found her son, 27, bleeding on the floor of the single-family home.

Walter L. Toles, 54, 4473 Elm St. SW, Newton Falls, was booked into Trumbull County Jail at 10:08 p.m. Monday on a charge of murder in connection to Marlon Smith’s death. Toles pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment before Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem, court records show, and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

During Monday’s 911 call, Smith’s mother 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.

Angela Smith 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.

“My son is dead,” she screamed on the phone. “Oh God.”

“He was on the couch, like on his knees, I turned him over,” she told the dispatcher. “He was dead. There’s blood all over.”

“It looks like he has a cut on his throat,” she said during the 911 call. “This was my only child. Oh God. Oh God.”

Toles, according to Trumbull County jail records, has been arrested and placed in jail 17 times since March 1996 until his arrest on Monday. 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.

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

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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