A Whitehall man accused of a Mother’s Day murder is being held on a $1 million cash or surety bond, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.
Clifford L. Patterson Jr., 40, of 1091 Fountain Lane was arraigned May 12 on one unspecified count of murder and ordered held on a $1 million bond.
Patterson was arrested May 10 by Whitehall police for murder and remained in custody at the Franklin County jail May 15.
He is accused in the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Dion Lamarr, also of 1091 Fountain Lane, Whitehall police said.
At 9:24 a.m. May 10, officers responded to a report of a shooting at the apartment building and found Lamarr’s body in the parking lot, police Chief Mike Crispen said.
Lamarr was pronounced dead at the scene, deputy Chief Dan Kelso said.
Shortly after arriving at the scene, police arrested Patterson, who resides in an apartment next door to Lamarr’s, police said.
“A firearm was recovered at the scene that we believe is the murder weapon,” Kelso said. “These two men were neighbors that had an ongoing dispute with each other.”
The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, Kelso said.
“We have witnesses who saw it all go down,” he said.
The shooting appeared to escalate from a continuing dispute between the two men concerning loud noises and music, Kelso said.
Police had been called to the apartment building in the distant past on anonymous loud-noise complaints, but there is no record of any previous incidents between the two men, Kelso said.
“(The) argument in the parking lot escalated to a shooting,” he said. “It is a tragedy that is compounded (that) it happened on Mother’s Day.”
According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, apart from traffic violations and civil matters dating back to 2001, Patterson has no criminal record in Franklin County.
Patterson is represented by a public defender, according to court records.
It’s the first homicide in Whitehall since November, when 38-year-old Crystal J. Lanier of East Mound Street in Whitehall was charged with the murder of Thomas Battle, 53, at his apartment at 4450 Josephus Lane.
Battle was the father of Lanier’s juvenile son, and unlike the Mother’s Day murder, there were dozens of previous calls, with each filing complaints against the other leading up to the shooting, police said in November.
According to Franklin County Commons Pleas Court records, Lanier pleaded not guilty Nov. 7 to charges of murder and tampering with evidence.
On April 9, a trial that was scheduled to begin April 21 was continued to June 10 in the courtroom of common pleas court judge David C. Young, according to court records.
A $1 million surety bond was ordered for Lanier on Nov. 20 and she is represented by attorney Mary A. Younger, records show.
Lanier remained in custody at the Franklin County jail May 15.
Two months before that homicide, in September, Whitehall police arrested 21-year-old Treyrek Dashawn Hairston in connection with the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Trevel Robertson, of Canal Winchester, outside Hairston’s apartment on the 700 block of South Hamilton Road.
According to common pleas court records, Hairston pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and aggravated murder.
On April 28, the court granted the continuance of a scheduled trial until June 23, records show.
Hairston is represented by attorney Mark M. Hunt and the trial is assigned to common pleas court judge Colleen O’Donnell.
Hairston, whose address is listed as Rebecca Street in Columbus on court records, remained in custody at the Franklin County jail May 15.