Potential jurors questioned in preparation for case against Nass - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Potential jurors questioned in preparation for case against Nasser Hamad

Posted: Updated:
WARREN, Ohio -

Trumbull County courthouse employees are preparing for increased security during a high-profile capital murder trial. 

Ten potential jurors were questioned on Thursday in preparation for the case against accused murderer Nasser Hamad, that is slated to begin next week.

Trumbull County Judges Andrew Logan and Ronald Rice have issued a memo to staff warning them that security will be increased during the trial. 

Forty-eight-year-old Hamad is accused of goading a group of men to come to his home on a busy stretch of Route 46 in Howland, through a conversation on Facebook.

When the group arrived at his home, in a van driven by a woman, identified as April Trent Vokes, Hamad allegedly came out of his home and began arguing with the group.

The prosecutors say that after a physical confrontation in Hamad's front yard, the five people began to get back into their vehicle with the intention of leaving.

According to the prosecutors, Hamad retrieved a loaded 9 mm weapon from his house, then came back outside and began firing at the five people in the van.

Prosecutors say Hamad then walked back into the home and reloaded his gun with a 15 round magazine, before going back out to the van.

Late last month, one of the shooting victims and a witness in the case died of what was believed to be a drug overdose.  

Employees of the courthouse are being advised that during the course of the trial they should exercise caution, particularly when discussing the case in public areas, and expect heightened security measures that may cause delays. 

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Upcoming OVI checkpoint in Mahoning County

    Upcoming OVI checkpoint in Mahoning County

    Monday, September 24 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-09-24 22:54:51 GMT

    The Mahoning County Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint in Mahoning County this weekend, September 28-30. The checkpoint will be conducted in conjunction with Ohio State Highway Patrol. The exact location and time of the checkpoint will be released not long before it begins. A release says police officers from participating agencies of the Mahoning County OVI Task Force will also be conducting saturation patrols in various parts of the county throughout the weekend.

    More >>

    The Mahoning County Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint in Mahoning County this weekend, September 28-30. The checkpoint will be conducted in conjunction with Ohio State Highway Patrol. The exact location and time of the checkpoint will be released not long before it begins. A release says police officers from participating agencies of the Mahoning County OVI Task Force will also be conducting saturation patrols in various parts of the county throughout the weekend.

    More >>
  • Boardman police investigate reports of peeper at apartment windows

    Boardman police investigate reports of peeper at apartment windows

    Monday, September 24 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-09-24 22:48:27 GMT

    Similar descriptions from two women have Boardman police investigating reports of a man looking through apartment windows and making obscene suggestions to women.  

    More >>

    Similar descriptions from two women have Boardman police investigating reports of a man looking through apartment windows and making obscene suggestions to women.  

    More >>
  • Two cars break down after filling up at Beaver Township gas station

    Two cars break down after filling up at Beaver Township gas station

    Monday, September 24 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-09-24 22:28:16 GMT

    If your car and truck developed problems after filling up at a Beaver Township gas station you may not be alone. According to a police report, early last week there were at least two vehicles that broke down not long after they were filled with gas at the Food & Gas Mart. The report informed that the owner of the Food & Gas Mart was notified of this issue, and agreed to stop selling gas. According to police, the owner of the store did what he had to do to fix the problem, a...

    More >>

    If your car and truck developed problems after filling up at a Beaver Township gas station you may not be alone. According to a police report, early last week there were at least two vehicles that broke down not long after they were filled with gas at the Food & Gas Mart. The report informed that the owner of the Food & Gas Mart was notified of this issue, and agreed to stop selling gas. According to police, the owner of the store did what he had to do to fix the problem, a...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms