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Warren murder trial postponed

WARREN — A man accused of shooting a 51-year-old man to death on Dec. 1, 2021, at a Warren high-rise apartment complex has had his jury trial postponed.

The attorney for Cedrick D. Patterson, 40, of Warren, told Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice she would be unavailable this week to try the case. The earliest date available for a rescheduled jury trial is Aug. 22, according to court documents.

Rice, who postponed the trial that was to begin Monday, also denied the motion of attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey to suppress certain evidence from the jury.

Patterson remains incarcerated in Trumbull County jail after Bernard Owens, 51, was killed somewhere in the complex at 250 Tod Ave. NW. Records showed Patterson lived on the seventh floor of that high-rise.

Dr. Lawrence D’Amico, Trumbull County coroner, ruled Owens died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting happened just before 11 a.m. Dec. 1 as Owens was found bleeding outside an elevator on the fifth floor of the high-rise. First responders could not resuscitate him.

A blood trail led officers from the fifth floor lobby up the stairwell to the ninth floor and Apartment 907, where Patterson’s girlfriend lived, court documents state. The defendant was found in that apartment, according to documents, pretending to be asleep on a bed. Officers found an unlit cigarette in Patterson’s mouth and a magazine from a firearm between his legs.

According to court documents, Ditchey sought to suppress evidence obtained as a result of the police search of an apartment in the high-rise and the statements Patterson gave to officers during questioning prior to his arrest.

At a hearing April 19, prosecutors called three witnesses — two members of the police department and a representative of the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority.

In his decision dated May 11, Rice ruled that Patterson voluntarily waived his constitutional rights, and his statements during the interview were not coerced. The judge also ruled the search of the apartment was legal because the woman on the lease gave consent to officers. Any evidence found during that search was ruled admissible.

Patterson faces charges of murder with a firearm specification, four counts of having weapons while under disability, tampering with evidence, felonious assault with a firearm specification and carrying concealed weapons.

Patterson’s bond remains at $1 million and no new trial date has been set, according to court records.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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