Locked Up: Man Accused of Killing Downtown Parking Lot Attendant Claims Self-Defense

David Williams
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The 25-year-old Uniontown man accused of gunning down a downtown parking lot attendant pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning.

Matthew Warmus is charged with aggravated murder for shooting 27-year-old David Williams once in the head and twice in the abdomen Friday night. The shooting happened adjacent from Progressive Field on East 9th and Carnegie. The two were arguing over a parking spot.

Prosecutors asked the judge to lock Warmus up through his trial, but Warmus' attorney says his client pulled the trigger in self-defense.

Warmus' attorney told the judge his client was a lifelong resident of the area and was about to graduate from the University of Akron.

"Since the state wishes to try this in the media, we'd ask that the court consider the following facts," said Defense Attorney Ed Larue. "A gun was found on the person of the victim. In fact, that gun was pulled well prior to Mr. Warmus defending himself."

The prosecution was quick to respond that Williams never pulled his gun.

19 Action News has learned both men had conceal carry permits, and both were packing.

Since there was a Cleveland Cavaliers game that night, some of the fans witnessed the murder. A key witness is a retired FBI Agent.

The judge set bail at $2M dollars.

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