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Suspect identified in North Ridgeville murder; will be arraigned after release from prison (VIDEO)

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    John L. Rowan



NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police have identified an inmate at the Lake Erie Correctional Facility as the suspect in an April homicide.

According to a statement from North Ridgeville police, John Rowan, 37, will be arraigned for the April 17 homicide of Harold Litten Jr. Police say robbery was the motive, and a weapon was recovered. The investigation revealed that Rowan and Litten knew each other, with Rowan performing some work for Litten.

Rowan turned himself in on a probation violation charge shortly after Litten’s death, and was scheduled for release Oct. 15. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Rowan is imprisoned on a charge of robbery from Cuyahoga County.

Police said he will be arraigned in Lorain County afterward.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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