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$1M bond in place for Warren man charged in Desirae Boss’ death

Warren man pleads not guilty in slaying of 32-year-old

WARREN — A Warren man pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated murder and other felonies connected to the slaying of a 32-year-old woman whose body was found in secluded woods on the southwest side of Warren last year.

Antuan Parker, 43, 692 Oak St. SW, was arraigned in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated murder with a firearms specification, two counts of tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, two counts of having weapons under disability and two counts of aggravated arson.

Judge W. Wyatt McKay said the $1 million bond for Parker will be continued.

Parker was arrested Nov. 17, 2021, on a warrant connected to the killing of Desirae Boss. Her body was found Oct. 2, 2021, after she was reported missing a week earlier. The body was discovered in an area off Choctaw Street and Pershing Avenue SW. The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said the Transylvania Avenue woman had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

City officials said the area had been the site of previous dumpings, including bodies.

Boss was the subject of a social media search by her family, who had reported her missing since Sept. 25, 2021. Boss last was seen that day at the Family Dollar store on West Market Street. Her aunt said her phone was going straight to voicemail since she came over to her mother’s house that day to drop off some clothes. Also missing was Boss’ truck — a dark green GMC Jimmy SUV.

On Oct. 2, a 911 caller reported finding a female body — which had first been identified as a child — lying down with shoes that appeared to be thrown next to her. The hair was braided, the report states, and she was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and pink socks.

A police report stated the victim was 4-foot, 11-inches tall and weighed about 130 pounds.

Parker was arrested while driving a white GMC Acadia that was stopped by police officers near the corner of Pine Avenue and Burton Street SE, a report states. According to reports, detectives had linked Parker to the slaying after they were investigating an aggravated arson case at Parker’s Oak Street SW home on Oct. 4.

The indictment stated Parker was accused of the slaying that occurred about Sept. 27.

At the hearing Monday, Parker’s attorney Jeffrey Goodman said the case against his client consisted of “sketchy evidence,” while prosecutors stated their case is strong.

Parker will appear in court again at a pretrial hearing July 11.

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