LIMA — Shortly after a Lima man died Tuesday from injuries suffered when he was shot Friday, his suspected killer appeared in Lima Municipal Court on Tuesday to answer to the charge of murder.
Gregory Stewart, 53, died Tuesday morning after he was shot once in the head at his 653 Harrison Ave. home around 5:15 a.m. Friday. Stewart was taken to Lima Memorial Health System, where he remained until his death.
But 28-year-old Antwan Secession’s appearance on Tuesday was anything but routine. A crowd of nearly 10 people cried, yelled and screamed as Secession's bail was set at $1 million.
The group was so disorderly that Judge RicKard Workman recessed court after Secession’s arraignment until the people left the building, and officers from the Lima Police Department made sure they were off the property.
“Hold your head up, bro. Don’t mess with these cowards,” one man shouted as he was walking out of the courtroom after the setting of bail.
One woman began sobbing while the charges were being read and had an outburst after the appearance.
“You need to start opening your mouth, Antwan,” she said when leaving the courtroom. “Tell them about these other [expletive], like this one sitting right here.”
Secession, of 415 E. Franklin Ave., was initially charged with felonious assault when he was taken into custody after the shooting Friday.
Lima Police Department officials recommended the bail, citing that he failed to appear on charges in 2011, 2007 and 2003.
His most recent charge was intoxication from January 2011, according to the Lima Municipal Court's website.
He also appeared on a charge of felonious assault in 2007. He has three separate charges of driving under suspension, possession of counterfeit controlled substance, three separate charges of intoxication, tampering with coin machines, theft and aggravated menacing on his record.
There was another shooting at Secession’s Franklin Avenue home in August. That shooting happened at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Leroy Young III, 21, of Lima, was the wounded man in that shooting. He was targeted in the shooting and he was critically injured. There were no arrests made in connection with that specific shooting, according to Lima police officials.
Stewart’s home was also burglarized early Monday, according to a Lima police report. Lima police responded to 653 Harrison Ave. in reference to a burglary at 3:23 a.m. Stewart was listed as the victim. There were no further details released Tuesday about the burglary.
Secession is facing 15 years to life in prison on the murder charge. He was appointed an attorney at Tuesday’s apperance and he will appear again for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
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