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Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

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WARREN, Ohio - One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.

The three are accused of taking a correctional officer hostage at knife point in a jail cell Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say that one of the suspects, David Martin, 29, of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of  Jeremy Cole in Warren in September, 2012.

Martin was a neighbor of Cole, who was shot to death during a break in at his home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime. 

Wanda Cole, Jeremy Cole's mother, said "What it was over I don't know. I'm just waiting for justice to be served for him and why he murdered my son that's all I want to know."

Cole's mother and sister were outside the jail during the hostage situation Martin was allegedly involved in Wednesday.

"I think it's crazy myself," said Wanda Cole.

Amy Biles, Cole's sister, said "He gets what he deserves. He thinks he has nothing else to live for. He gets what he deserves."
 
The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment against Martin, charging him with aggravated murder, robbery, kidnapping, weapons violations, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.

Because of the seriousness of the offenses, the crimes are a capital offense.

Martin has yet to go on trial. His next hearing is scheduled for May.

In 2007, Martin was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of robbery, assault, drug and weapons offenses in Cuyahoga County.  Martin is still on probation for another year.

A second suspect in the hostage situation has been identified as Kevin Johns, 24, of Cincinnati.  Johns was just sentenced in Trumbull County Court this month to 28 years in prison for kidnapping two Warren woman and raping one of them.

The sentencing judge also designated Johns as a sex offender, meaning he has to register his whereabouts with authorities after he is released from prison.

In 2010, Johns was sentenced to three years in prison for robbery and assault in Cincinnati. He is on probation until 2016.

Richard Ware, 27, of Warren was also named as one of the three suspects in the hostage situation. 

Warren police charged Ware with  aggravated robbery in January. Ware was a suspect in the December robbery at a CVS pharmacy in Warren.

In 2011, Ware was sentenced to one year in prison for robbery and drug violations committed in Trumbull County. His probation is set to expire in July of next year.


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