Murder warrant links Meriden killing to stolen gun

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MERIDEN — The sale of a stolen gun gone wrong led to the shooting death of a local man in January 2019, according to an arrest warrant. 

Joseph Stokes, 21, of 450 Barbour St., Apt. 5, Hartford was charged by warrant earlier this month with felony murder, murder, criminal use of a firearm, criminal attempt to sell a firearm, and conspiracy to commit sale of a firearm. 

The charges stem from the Jan. 17, 2019 killing of Aaron Ormsby, police said. The 21-year-old Ormsby was found in the back of 130 Foster St. suffering from gunshot wounds. He later died at MidState Medical Center, police said at the time of the incident

Police spoke with several people who had contact with Ormsby around the time of the incident and learned that Stokes was driven to Meriden the night of the homicide to sell a gun to Ormsby, the warrant stated. Police discovered Stokes’ phone was in the area of the homicide on the night of the incident, the warrant said. Officers learned someone known to Stokes reported two firearms were stolen a few days before the shooting and one of the firearms was the same caliber as the one used to shoot Ormsby, the report stated. 

Officers recovered the firearm, a .38 caliber revolver, from an unrelated incident in Bridgeport. Police noted the serial number matched the gun reported stolen before the shooting. A forensic analysis showed the bullets that struck Ormsby were fired from the same gun, the warrant stated. 

Police learned Stokes went into a home on Foster Street, came back out, but then went back inside the home, the warrant said. Officers learned Ormsby and Stokes struggled over a gun and gunshots were heard, the warrant said. Stokes was seen with a small revolver a short time later, the warrant noted.

Stokes is being held on $2 million bond and has yet to enter a plea. The case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court. A remote hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3, according to the state Judicial Branch website.
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