Jury finds man guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend in Austintown
A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Austintown has been found guilty on all counts.
Steve Green III, 26, was convicted of aggravated murder with a firearm specifications after shooting Ashley Lockhart in October of 2021. Police said Green and Lockhart had been together for a few years, but were in a dispute over relationship issues and their child when the incident happened.
"This was a horrific case," Mahoning County prosecutor Gina DeGenova said. "It was a case that dealt with a lot of threats over the years and it is a devastating case to the family who has to go on every day without their loved one."
The jury deliberated for about 2 and a half hours before returning a verdict.
Green was held in the Mahoning County Jail on a $1 million bond since his arrest two years ago.
Police told 21 News Green had threatened to kill Lockhart more than once.
Green was also charged with and found guilty of tampering with evidence, domestic violence, attempted rape, and extortion.
Lockhart's friend, Nicole Vanhorn, and cousin, Katelyn Lofaro both said they were satisfied with Wednesdays outcome.
"It's like Christmas," Lofaro said. "This is the best Christmas gift I could have asked for."
Prosecutors say Green could face life in prison with the earliest possible release at 23 years.
Green will be sentenced at a later date.