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Rowan arraigned in North Ridgeville homicide

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    John L. Rowan



ELYRIA — A Parma man was arraigned in Elyria Municipal Court on Monday in relation to an April homicide in North Ridgeville.

John Rowan, 37, was charged with aggravated murder after being transferred from Lake Erie Correctional Facility.

On Oct. 3, North Ridgeville police said Rowan had been identified as the suspect in the April 17 homicide of Harold Litten Jr.

Litten, 60, was reported missing April 18 by family members and his employer when he failed to show up for work, said North Ridgeville police Lt. Greg Petek.

Detectives found Litten’s body in an outbuilding at his home, 5490 Jaycox Road, on May 26 during a pre-arranged search of the property after several searches of the home turned up nothing, Petek said.

Police at the time said Litten’s body had been there for several weeks, and Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans ruled the death a homicide by blunt-force trauma.

According to records from Lake Erie Correctional, Rowan was incarcerated for a robbery charge out of Cuyahoga County.

He is being held at Lorain County Jail on a $2 million bond and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Elyria Municipal Court on Oct. 24.

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