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Trial begins for 5th suspect in murder of Toledo CrossFit trainer

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We have new details in the shocking murder of a South Toledo CrossFit trainer.

The trial began on Tuesday at the Lucas County Courthouse for Deitrekk Boone, the fifth and final man accused of robbing and killing gym owner Joe Lengel in November of 2012.

Police say the victim was not the intended target.

The men were allegedly after an auto mechanic who had drugs and money.  Police say that auto mechanic worked in the same business complex as Lengel’s gym.

57-year-old Joe Lengel, the owner of CrossFit Intensity Fitness, was shot outside his South Toledo gym on Warehouse Drive off of Angola early in the morning on November 19, 2012, during an attempted robbery.

Police say Deitrekk Boone of Toledo is one of the men who hid behind a dumpster and attacked Lengel as the trainer arrived to work.

Boone had been on the run for about a year until police arrested him in Houston this past December.

Boone is one of five men charged in the murder.  The other four men pleaded guilty. They are Devonte Harris, Chad Brown, Matthew Managhan and Jason Kuhns.

In opening statements on Thursday, the prosecutor said Boone was the first to confront Lengel.  He says Boone fired a gun twice at the victim and missed both times.  He also says one of the other men fired the fatal shot.

The group allegedly wasn’t targeting Lengel.  Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Charles McDonald says they were looking to rob another man who is a drug dealer.

"They attacked the wrong man and they killed him,” says McDonald.  “The intended target owns the shop next door to Joe Lengel's gym … right next door.  Joe Lengel died because Deitrekk Boone attacked the wrong man."

Boone has pleaded not guilty.  His defense attorney Drew Griffith said the state will not be able to prove Boone was at the crime scene.

Plus, Griffith says the four convicted felons serving time in prison and testifying against Boone this week have lied throughout the investigation.

"The court needs to be aware of what the motivations are of the people providing evidence that the state wants you to rely on in making your decision,” says Griffith.

Boone waived his right to a trial by jury, so this is a bench trial.  Judge James Bates is hearing the case and will decide the defendant’s fate.



Boone’s trial resumes Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.  The state is scheduled to continue calling witnesses.

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