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Man now faces murder charges in November death


ELYRIA — Antonio Robles will face murder and felonious assault charges for the 2013 shooting death of 17-year-old DeAndre McDowell in Lorain.

Robles, 20, already was facing reckless homicide and tampering with evidence charges in the slaying when the new indictment was handed down this week.

Lorain police initially believed the shooting was reckless and unintentional, which is what led to the first indictment against Robles in July, but Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Thursday that the investigation continued even after charges were filed.

He said conversations with family members and others with knowledge of the killing led to additional information.

“Once we put all the information together, we reviewed it and decided to take it back to the grand jury,” Will said.

Neither Will nor Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins would discuss what new information led to the more serious charges against Robles.

“A murder is something that’s done knowingly, that’s done intentionally,” Will said. “Based on the information we have, it was not an accident.”

McDowell’s body was found in a wooded lot on Lexington Avenue by a man and woman who were driving by and watching a group of wild turkeys. An autopsy determined that McDowell was killed by a single gunshot to the head.

Police previously have said they believe McDowell was shot elsewhere and his body moved to the location where it was found.

Following the shooting, Robles fled to North Carolina, but he contacted Lorain police within a few days and made arrangement to surrender to Charlotte police.

He has been free on bond while awaiting trial on the earlier charges.

A call to Robles’ attorney seeking comment on the new charges was not returned Thursday.

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