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Man accused of 2018 killing waives right to have speedy trial

WARREN — A Brookfield man charged in the 2018 killing of a Masury man waived his right to a speedy trial, which now has been scheduled for June 7, 2021.

Joseph S. Rosario, 25, of Warren Sharon Road, and his attorney, Aaron Schwartz of Strongsville, appeared in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court before Judge Peter J. Kontos for his first pre-trial hearing. Rosario last week pleaded not guilty to two murder charges, both with gun specifications; carrying a concealed weapon; and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Despite the pleas by Schwartz to set a bond of $250,000, Kontos ordered Rosario to remain in Trumbull County jail without bond. Both Kontos and assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow said Rosario represents a flight risk, especially after New York City had last month arrested him on other charges some two years after the shooting death of Jason Drummond on July 27, 2018.

Rosario waived his right to a speedy trial for 220 days. In Ohio, those incarcerated have 90 days from arrest to be tried unless they waive that right. The next pretrial hearing is scheduled before Kontos on Jan. 25, 2021.

Drummond was shot while driving a vehicle east on Warren Sharon Road and later died at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Drummond, who had lived on Wahabe Court, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

A passenger in the vehicle was able to take control of the vehicle from the passenger side and drive to Brookfield Avenue in Masury, where police were made aware of the crime.

Brookfield Detective Sgt. Aaron Kasiewicz said the investigation led investigators to Rosario, whom officers learned had possibly fled the state when they executed a search warrant on his Warren Sharon Road apartment.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Rosario through the Trumbull County Eastern District Court from information that he had fled to New York. The arrest warrant was forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Service and the New York City Police Department, which made the arrest. Rosario was booked into Trumbull County jail shortly after 6 p.m. Oct. 26, jail records show.

A Trumbull County grand jury returned the felony indictments against Rosario on Oct. 22.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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