October 20, 2014

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Three indicted in pizza shop killing

One suspect could face death penalty

Three men already facing charges for a robbery and shooting at a Lorain bar have been indicted on charges accusing them of the shooting death of a Lorain pizzeria owner.
Neil Simpson, 24, of Elyria, and Scotty Parker, 26, and Richar Perry, 25, both of Lorain, were served an indictment Thursday charging each with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection with the June 23 robbery at Granny D’s Pizza on East Erie Avenue in which owner David Kowalczyk was shot and killed.
Simpson, the alleged shooter, is the only one facing the death penalty in the killing, according to the indictments.
“He was the shooter, and that’s why he will face the death penalty,” Lorain Police Sgt. Mark Carpentiere said. “The other two were charged the same just without the death penalty specification because — under the law — if you’re in for a penny, you’re in for a pound. Being involved, aiding or abiding, will get you charged the same way.”
All three have been held in the Lorain County Jail since police arrested them late last month in connection with the June 21 robbery and shooting at Jack & Diane’s Lounge, where a customer was shot in the stomach after he got involved.
They are being held without bond and will be arraigned next Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.
County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the charges filed this week stem only from the Granny D’s shooting. The three men are still under investigation for at least two other robberies that police suspect they may have committed: the June 10 robbery at Don’s Marathon on Colorado Avenue and the June 16 robbery at Chapman’s Grocery on G Street during which an off-duty security guard was forced to the ground at gunpoint.
Will said the robberies had Lorain merchants worried for their safety. “It put the city on edge,” he said.
The crimes, which escalated in seriousness, came within months of the suspects being released from prison. Each has a lengthy criminal record, according to court records.
Simpson served more than four years in prison for robbery, theft, disrupting public service, burglary and aggravated burglary — charges stemming from a 2001 incident in Lorain. He was released from prison in November 2006.
Parker served seven years for burglary, tampering with evidence, theft, breaking and entering and failure to comply. He also was released in November 2006.
Perry served five years for aggravated robbery and felonious assault before being released in May.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Reporter Brad Dicken contributed to this story.