Man who police say evaded questioning in Youngstown murder arrested on obstruction cost


Police say they know Charles Lightning was at the scene of a murder on October 31st, but he refused to speak

by: Joe Gorman

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 / 2:04 PM EDT
Updated: April 9, 2021 / 2:07 p.m. EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man who police said was present in an October murder in Youngstown but who refused to cooperate was charged with a criminal offense on Friday.

Charles Lightning, 27, has been charged with a fifth degree felony of obstruction of justice and is being held in Mahoning County Jail on $ 25,000 bail. He has been wanted since an arrest warrant was issued against him on March 2.

Members of the Fugitive Task Force of the US Marshals in Northern Ohio were able to arrest Lightning Thursday in Warren.

Blitz was wanted for questioning the death of Marquis Buxton on October 31st, 24 who was found shot dead in an SUV that was in a parking lot on Market Street and West Judson Avenue.

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Detective Sgt. Michael Lambert, lead investigator on the case, said Lightning was wounded that evening and told detectives he was wounded elsewhere on Market Street.

Lambert said there was no evidence to support Lightning’s claim, and DNA evidence brought him to the crime scene.

Blitz is a suspect in Buxton’s death, Lambert said.

Lightning is also a nephew of the first murder victim of the year, Van Lightning, who was shot dead at 12:10 a.m. on January 1st on Almyra and Glenwood avenues.

Lambert said Buxton’s death had nothing to do with Van Lightning’s death.

Because Charles Lightning refused to cooperate with the police, investigators decided to charge him with disability, Lambert said.