Suspects in New Year’s Day bar murder appear in court

BEDFORD, Ohio — The man wanted in a homicide at a Bedford bar on New Year’s Day has been arrested.

John Word, 35, of Cleveland, turned himself in to Bedford police at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Word is currently out of prison on federal parole.

Trevis Stephens, 33, was inside Lounge 2.28 Bar early New Year’s Day morning when he was shot and killed.

Police arrested the suspected getaway driver, Clairese Murray, 35, on Wednesday.

Both appeared in court Thursday.

Murray faces a charge of complicity to murder and was issued $250,000 bond. Word faces a charge of murder, and he was denied bond.

They will both appear in court again Friday morning.

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