Walker trial set for Jan. 13

WARREN – A judge Monday set a tentative Jan. 13 trial date and the next court appearance of Dec. 9 for a former Warren man charged with murder in the shooting death of man he knew a at a local gas station.

Tashawn Walker, 26, who was indicted Nov. 13 for aggravated murder, appeared with his defense attorney Matt Pentz before Judge Peter Kontos.

Walker remains in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond.

Pentz and assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker reminded the judge that the date may have to be moved since both attorneys are involved with a capital murder case also in January.

Walker’s case is not a capital case, but he faces a potential penalty of life behind bars without parole if convicted in the Oct. 26 slaying of Richard C. Rollison IV, 24.

Walker, who was living in Baytown, Texas, is accused of fatally shooting Rollison at the Sunoco service station on West Market Street one week after his brother, Taemarr Walker, was killed in a confrontation with police near Palmyra and Risher roads.

Warren police issued an arrest warrant for Tashawn Walker the same day Rollison was gunned down. Rollison, who was shot six times, can be heard identifying him as the shooter on a police dashboard camera recording. Shots were reportedly fired by at least one other person at the station.

U.S. Marshals said they arrested Tashawn Walker ”without incident” on Oct. 28 at a home in Baytown, Texas. During the arrest, two firearms and a box of ammunition were seized as potential evidence.

A friend who was with Rollison drove his car away from the scene and authorities found it abandoned a short time later.

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