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Akron man found guilty of 2019 murder, faces up to life in prison

Eugene Wells shot and killed 23-year-old Walter Matthews III during an argument outside a store.

AKRON, Ohio — A 27-year-old Akron man has been convicted in connection with a killing that took place more than three years ago.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Thursday that a jury had found Eugene Wells guilty of two counts of murder and one count each of felonious assault and having weapons under disability. The first three crimes included firearm specifications, which will add mandatory time to any prison sentence.

Officials say Wells approached 23-year-old Walter Matthews III back on June 3, 2019 while Matthews was leaving a store on Princeton and West South Streets with his girlfriend. Following an argument, Wells shot Matthews several times, and the victim later died at Akron General Hospital.

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U.S. Marshals captured Wells more than a month later in West Virginia and he was subsequently indicted on murder charges. He previously served time for weapons charges, and while on probation for both that as well as drug offenses, he allegedly fled from supervision, leading to another felony indictment for escape. That case is still pending.

Wells is due to be sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O'Brien on Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. He faces up to life behind bars.

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