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Assault, robbery defendant seeks new counsel

19-year-old does not enter plea as anticipated

WARREN — Jody Hall, 19, who was the victim of a shooting last October in Warren, was expected to enter a guilty plea of his own Tuesday in a shooting case from February, but he instead asked to hire a new attorney.

Hall told Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court he had talked to two other attorneys to take the place of attorney Adam Carro of Strongsville, his current attorney.

The judge set another hearing for next Tuesday.

Hall, of Sweetbrier Street SW, is facing charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, both with firearm specifications, and one felony count of receiving stolen property.

He is accused in a Feb. 11, 2021, afternoon shooting in the 200 block of Belmont Street NW in which a 30-year-old West Market Street man received gunshot wounds to the neck, shoulder and arm. The victim identified Hall as one of the shooters, according to a Warren police report.

A witness told officers he saw the victim lying in the driveway after hearing two shots. The witness also said a man in a black jacket picked up the victim and put him in a black vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet, and it drove off toward North Park Avenue. An officer found a shell casing in the front yard of the Belmont Street home, the police report states.

Warren police identified Hall as the victim in an Oct. 5, 2020, shooting in the 100 block of Charles Street NE. Mehki Walker, 21, was convicted in that shooting last year. Walker was sentenced in October to 4 to 5 1/2 years in prison in the case.

Hall was pushed into the courtroom Tuesday in a wheelchair, but he was able to stand at a podium with Carro during his hearing.

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