Testimony in death penalty trial set to begin Monday in Trumbull County
Testimony in the aggravated murder trial of 30-year-old Kashaun Williams is set to begin Monday morning in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Williams is facing the death penalty for two Palm Sunday shootings that left one person wounded and another dead.
In April of this year, Warren officers arrived at 690 Lener Avenue around 4 a.m. on Palm Sunday to investigate reports of gunfire. Once they arrived, officers say they found the body of 34-year-old James Chapman, and Williams forcing 23-year-old Martina Moore into a vehicle.
After forcing Moore into the vehicle, Williams fled the scene in the vehicle and allegedly dropped a firearm while leaving. Moore sustained a gunshot injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Williams has been convicted twice for felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and aggravated robbery as a juvenile. Both convictions bar him from legally obtaining a firearm.
Williams was later indicted on capital murder charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Previously, Williams's lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the death penalty in this case, claiming it violated international laws. Judge Ronald Rice rejected that motion.
Due to Williams's trial being a capital case, Trumbull County increased security when jury selection began last week. Trumbull County Prosecutors had over 130 people to be part of the jury pool.
This is the first capital trial in Trumbull County since 2018.