2 more from Market Street murder appear in court


First Posted: 5/16/2008

LIMA - Two more men charged in a Market Street slaying appeared in court Thursday where high bonds were set for each.

Bond for Davarus E. Callahan, 22, of Lima, was set at $1 million. He is charged with complicity to murder and is said to have been inside the van with Tony D. Curtis Jr., when the shots were fired at Wendy Westergaard on April 29 that ended her life. Police said Curtis was the triggerman.

Callahan's preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday at Lima Municipal Court.

Bond for Ronnie E. Irons, 21, of Lima, was set at $500,000. He is charged with robbery and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 23.

The Lima Police Department's PACE team arrested Irons on Wednesday, Lt. Jim Baker said.

Curtis, 20, of Lima appeared in court Wednesday where his bond was set at $1 million. He is charged with murder. Durelle Grant, 19, of Lima, a passenger inside Westergaard's Jeep Cherokee, was charged with robbery. He also was in court Wednesday and had bond set at $500,000.

Grant is accused of robbing the men, not Westergaard, Baker said.

Grant has a May 23 preliminary hearing while Curtis' hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Westergaard was not the target of the shooting, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, Baker said.

Westergaard, 38, was shot to death while driving west on West Market Street near St. Rita's Medical Center. She crashed her vehicle after being shot. Grant got out and ran, police officials said.

Police officers found the van used in the shooting earlier this week at a used-car dealership in Auglaize County. They have not identified the dealership or the owner of the van at the time of the slaying.