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Warren man faces murder charge

Connected to Aug. 2 drive-by shooting death on Summit St.

Staff photo / Guy Vogrin Murder defendant Stefon Q. Alexander, 35, confers with his attorney Sam Zingale during Monday’s arraignment before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos. Alexander is charged in the Aug. 2 drive-by fatal shooting on Summit Street in Warren.

WARREN — A Warren man turned himself in to authorities Monday morning after he was indicted in connection to the Aug. 2 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man who was driving a car on Summit Street NW.

Stefon Q. Alexander, 35, of Woodland Street NE, pleaded not guilty to an aggravated murder charge, which carries a gun specification.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos set bond at $1 million.

If found guilty, Alexander would face a maximum life without parole prison sentence, including the mandatory three-year sentence because a firearm was used in the commission of the crime and another five-year mandatory specification because a firearm was used from a motor vehicle.

Alexander also faces a third-degree tampering with evidence charge.

Prosecutors accuse Alexander in the shooting death of Delquan Ware, 2951 Linda Drive NW, who was pronounced dead at Trumbull Regional Medical Center shortly after a shooting, which happened just after 11 a.m. on Summit Street NW near Tod Avenue NW.

The slaying was the 13th homicide in Warren for 2020.

A Trumbull County 911 report stated four shots were fired that Sunday morning from what possibly was a white Suburban that struck another vehicle and continued north on Tod Avenue NW.

A woman in the hit vehicle reported to 911 that she had a bump on her head and said three cars wrecked as a result of the shooting. The third vehicle, a gold Saturn, ended up partially on a curb at Tod and Summit, a police report states.

Officers found Ware in the driver’s seat of a silver Chevrolet Malibu that had crashed in front of the home. He was covered in blood from the arms up, the report states, with the officer finding what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s side window.

After he was taken away by ambulance, police blocked off Summit Street and secured the crime scene. Officers spoke to people in nearby homes and a bar.

The case against Alexander is assigned to Judge W. Wyatt McKay. A pretrial hearing is set for Jan. 13.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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