LIMA — The motive for a 2009 murder is shaping up to be that of a jealous boyfriend, testimony revealed Thursday.
Defendant Markelus Carter is accused of killing Kenneth Warrington. Warrington and Carter’s ex-girlfriend were dating. Carter was jealous about this and called Warrington’s workplace, posing as an attorney. Carter was trying to obtain e-mail to see if that man and his ex-girlfriend were having an affair on company time, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Jana Emerick said Thursday.
Police also found a box of 9mm rounds at Carter’s home at 122 E. Eureka St. with the shell casing stamped Winchester, denoting the manufacturer. The significance of that is police found 9mm Winchester shell casings at the scene of the murder of Warrington on Feb. 23, 2009, Emerick said.
Police also found a 9mm Glock handgun and a .357 revolver, Emerick said.
Carter is charged with aggravated murder and having a gun under a court sanction in the death of Warrington. The 53-year-old Warrington was shot to death outside 436 E. McKibben St., around 6:30 a.m. where he was staying. He was shot four times in the upper torso.
Lima Police Sgt. Charles Godfrey said Carter was a suspect from the first day and police interviewed him about the murder in the days that followed Warrington’s death.
Carter, however, was not arrested until earlier this year after police believed they had enough evidence to take the case to trial. On top of that, Carter had been in prison for most of the time on a weapon charge for the guns found in his home. He had at least one previous drug conviction that prohibited him from owning or possessing a gun.
The primary purpose of the hearing Thursday was for judges to hear testimony and receive evidence in two separate hearings to determine whether evidence is admissible at trial. Judge David Cheney will determine whether evidence seized from Carter’s sports-utility vehicle will be allowed in.
Cheney heard the matter since Judge Jeffrey Reed signed the search warrant for the vehicle. Reed held a hearing Thursday to determine whether statements Carter made to police can be allowed in.
Carter’s attorney said police ignored his request for a lawyer making the statements inadmissible. He also said police had no legitimate reason to search Carter’s vehicle so the evidence seized should be tossed.
Neither judge issued a decision Thursday. Both will consider the testimony, examine evidence and case law before issuing rulings in the near future.