Man charged with killing grandmother

By Deanna Hohler Bottar Record-Courier staff write Published:

Jason Carter was arrested by police in Chippewa Township, Pa. and charged with the murder of Veader Prince.

Carter reportedly fled the state after the stabbing incident and was picked up in Pennsylvania when officers questioned him for having illegal license plates, according to Trumbull County sheriff's reports.

Carter recently lived with Prince in her home at 4712 Herner South Road in Southington northeast of Nelson Township. Her body was found Sunday by relatives, according to the sheriff's office.

"(Pennsylvania police) found him sitting in a car in a wooded area," said Chief Deputy Jerry Bluedorn of the Trumbull sheriff's office. "We had put a bulletin out to pick him up and hold him for our department.

"They were checking (Carter) out, and they ran the plates and found they didn't match his car," Bluedorn continued. "This is when they ran a check on him and found they had a pick-up-and-hold on him."

Carter should be returned to Trumbull County this week after a warrant is issued for his return to Ohio. He will be held in the Trumbull County Jail upon his return.

Carter was released Friday from the Geauga County Jail where he had been held since July on a charge of grand theft auto. The felony count was amended to a charge of petty theft, according to Geauga County Sheriff's Commander Bob Phillips.

Carter pleaded guilty to the petty theft count and was released from jail after entering his plea, Phillips added.

"The courts decided that since he had already served that many days that that would be his punishment for the petty theft charge," he said.

An arraignment date in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for the murder charge has not yet been set, Bluedorn said.

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