LIMA — Markelus Q. Carter became a suspect in the 2009 shooting death of Kenneth Warrington shortly after the crime.
But police just didn’t have enough to make the arrest.
Carter, of 122 E. Eureka St., was arrested Friday in the 100 block of West North Street. Investigators finally got enough information on him to charge him with aggravated murder because they said he planned the killing of Warrington.
Lima Police Maj. Chip Protsman would not discuss a motive or say how Carter knew Warrington.
Carter made his first appearance in court at a bond hearing Monday. Judge William Lauber of Lima Municipal Court set bail at $1 million. He was assigned a preliminary hearing for Friday.
Warrington was shot to death at 436 E. McKibben St. around 6:30 a.m. Officers arriving at the location found the 53-year-old Warrington dead just outside the door to the house. Warrington lived at that house but was not the homeowner, police said.
Warrington had been shot four times in the upper torso when he was apparently returning home from his job at the Husky Refinery as a process operator.
While Warrington was killed more than five years ago, Detective. Tim Clark continued to work the case chasing leads, Protsman said.
Carter was arrested on a weapons charge shortly after the slaying, which resulted in a prison sentence. He was released in January.
The weapon used in the killing never was recovered, Protsman said.