An Akron man has been found guilty of shooting and killing a 31-year-old outside a restaurant last year.
A Summit County jury Wednesday convicted 28-year-old Andre Warren of murder and felonious assault, each with gun specifications. Other guilty charges included having weapons under disability, escape, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Investigators say Warren shot Dominique Thomas three times outside Julian's Restaurant on Pioneer St. back on July 1 after Thomas had pulled into the parking lot and left his vehicle. A second suspect, identified as 32-year-old Bryan Esters, then allegedly shot Thomas four more times in the back at point-blank range as Thomas was on the ground.
Thomas died at the scene from his injuries. A second 20-year-old victim was also shot, but survived.
Warren was arrested nearly two months later, and is now scheduled to be sentenced on May 20 at 9 a.m. in Judge Alison Breaux's courtroom. He faces up to life in prison.
Esters, however, has remained on the run since the incident. He was initially charged last September (following Warren's arrest) and is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Esters has ties throughout Akron area but his last known address is in the 600 Block of Fern St. He should be considered armed and dangerous.