Capital trial now underway for suspect in Palm Sunday murder in Warren
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correctly identify the victim in this murder.
After a weeklong jury selection process, the capital trial of the suspect of two shootings in Warren on Palm Sunday that left one person wounded and another dead.
Testimony began Monday morning in the capital trial of Kashaun Williams who is accused of murdering 34-year-old James Chapman and wounding his girlfriend, 23-year-old Martina Moore.
Moore took the stand Monday morning to testify stating that she and Chapman woke up to Williams screaming outside their home the night of the murder.
She testified that Chapman went outside the residence to speak to Moore when she heard yelling along with two gunshots from outside. That's when Moore says she ran outside to find Chapman dead on the front porch.
Chapman's mother and two sisters were in the house that night as well. His mother took the stand and said she heard the same yelling and gun shots that Moore did, and hid in a closet with her kids. While hiding, they called 911 and told police their was an active shooter in the house.
Moore went on to testify that Williams then shot her and dragged her by her hair to the end of the driveway. She further testified that he tried to put her in the trunk of a vehicle, but police showed up and he fled.
Prosecutors showed body and dash camera from the Warren police officers that responded to the scene. Officers testified that Williams dropped a gun on the ground when they found him struggling with Moore. In the video, Williams then runs into the woods behind the house. Officers catch up to him and tase Williams before he is arrested. Several officers testified that Williams was not cooperative when being arrested and even punched one of the officers in the chest during the chase.
If Williams is convicted of his charges, he could face the death penalty because he attempted to murder two or more people. This is the first capital trial in Trumbull County since 2018.