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New Castle police detective Sheila Panella escorts DeJuan Dawson into a cruiser after his arraignment.

Continual searches for Dejuan Dawson and arrests of others at Crestview Gardens may have prompted his surrender.

New Castle police had visited the housing project several times in the past week looking for the 24-year-old Detroit native, who is accused in the Sept. 13 shooting death of 35-year-old Zamara A. Stelter Talley of New Castle.

Instead of finding Dawson where the shooting occurred, they arrested individuals on drug and other charges. Two men arrested Sept. 17 were from Detroit.

Dawson turned himself in at the city police station at 7:30 a.m. yesterday. He was accompanied by a woman who lives in the development.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie and placed in the Lawrence County jail without bond.

He was charged Sept. 15 with criminal homicide, two separate counts of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Dawson is accused of firing a single shot at Talley’s head during a fight between two women outside of 1107 Pin Oak Drive. One of the females reportedly is Talley’s cousin and Dawson’s girlfriend.

The fight started between her and another woman, and Talley and Dawson were trying to break it up, according to witness accounts. A crowd had gathered at the scene.

Talley was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown after the shooting, where he died about four hours later.

Police said Dawson asked for a lawyer during questioning this morning, but as of this afternoon, he has no defense attorney of record.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewsonline.com)

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