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Warren man indicted in woman’s murder

Accused of shooting ex-girlfriend June 26

WARREN — A 23-year-old Warren man has been indicted in connection with the June 26 murder of a Boardman woman outside an apartment in northwest Warren’s River Run complex.

Edward J. Culler of 3071 Lodwick Drive was indicted during a special session of the Trumbull County grand jury. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. today before Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos, according to Christopher Becker, county assistant prosecutor.

Culler was indicted Wednesday on a felony murder charge with a firearm specification that would bring a mandatory additional three-year prison sentence upon conviction. The grand jury heard testimony from two witnesses before charging Culler.

Culler is in Trumbull County jail without bond. His case has been assigned to Judge Andrew D. Logan.

Officers were called to the Lodwick Drive apartment at 8:42 p.m. June 26, according to a Warren police report. Officers found the victim, Taryn T. Simmons, 25, 361 Mathews Road, Boardman, unresponsive.

Simmons died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s office, which ruled the death a homicide.

Police said witnesses told them two women were arguing outside the apartment, and Culler intervened just before gunshots were heard.

Culler fled, but police arrested him several hours later. A police captain said the quick arrest was the result of witness cooperation.

The first officers began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on Simmons, rotating positions until emergency medical service personnel arrived.

After several attempts to revive Simmons, EMS workers pronounced her dead.

Simmons and Culler have a child together, and there were previous domestic incidents involving the two, according to detectives. Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak on June 2 had ordered Culler not to have contact with Simmons after putting the man on probation for a disorderly conduct conviction, according to court records. The case stemmed from a domestic violence complaint filed against Culler in April 2019, records show.

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