Man who called Salem home faces murder charges

A man who had Salem as one of his addresses will face arraignment today in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for two counts of aggravated murder related to two separate homicides in Youngstown in 2011.

Hakeem Henderson, 22, who also had an address of San Diego, Calif., was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Saturday. According to Assistant County Prosecutor Marty Desmond, Henderson was arrested in San Diego two weeks ago and then was brought back to Mahoning County to face the charges.

He said Henderson had also lived in Youngstown. He wasn’t sure how long he lived on Union Avenue in Salem. The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office had attempted to serve a warrant on him on May 24 but he did not reside at the posted address and couldn’t be found.

According to published reports, Henderson, his brother Michael Austin, 20, and DeWaylyn Colvin, 32, both of Youngstown, were all indicted in April for their alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of Adam Christian, 23, and Raymond Hayes, 20, whose bodies were both found in November 2011 in fields on the east side of Youngstown.

Desmond alleged that Henderson was the driver in both cases. If convicted, he could face life in prison with no chance for parole.

Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said an attempt was made with the U.S. Marshal’s office to serve a warrant at the address on Union Avenue, but everybody was already gone. He said Henderson may have passed through Salem, but he was not a permanent resident. Henderson does not live here, the chief said.

He was not listed in any of the court records for Columbiana County, but was listed twice in Mahoning County, with the murder indictment one of the two. He had been cited in November 2012 in Austintown for a charge of windshield wipers required, with his address then listed as San Diego.

Both Colvin and Austin had already been in custody with their cases pending.