$750K bail set for Austintown man charged with Girard murder
Girard Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Adler set bond at $750,000 for an Austintown man who was arraigned on Monday following the weekend death of a Girard man.
Twenty-year-old Cole Conti was arraigned via video from the Trumbull County Jail where he's charged with one count of murder. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for August 18.
According to a police report from Girard Police, the incident happened just after midnight, Saturday morning at a home on Trumbull Avenue.
Police say they arrived to find three men including Conti sitting on the front porch of the home.
Officers say they were told the three men were drinking when the victim, later identified as 31-year-old William Lowry allegedly struck one of the men in the face with his fist.
Conti told police he and another man began fighting Lowry and that he pulled out a knife and stabbed Lowry five times. After this, Conti told police that Lowry left in his car with his girlfriend.
Shortly after this, Girard Police Dispatch received a call from a local hospital regarding a shooting victim, later confirmed to be Lowry. Police later confirmed that the hospital was reporting a shooting rather than a stabbing.
Just after 1:00 a.m., police were notified that Lowry had died.
The Trumbull County Homicide Task Force is assisting with the investigation.