Douglas Shine Jr. faces trial in triple slaying at Warrensville Heights barbershop

Posted at 6:36 AM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 10:04:07-04

A Cleveland man charged in the slayings of three people at a suburban barbershop faces trial this week in the potential death penalty case.

Douglas Shine Jr., 21, is charged with aggravated murder in connection with the February 2015 barbershop shooting in Warrensville Heights that left three people dead. Three other people were injured.

In February 2015, police responded to a shots fired call at Chalk Linez barbershop on Harvard Road.


Walter Lee Barfield, 23, of Cleveland, Brandon White, 31, of Warrensville Heights and William Gonzalez, 32, of Garfield Heights were killed in the shooting. Gonzalez was the owner of the barbershop. 

Shine and Kevin McKinney were both indicted on a number of charges, including aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated murder.

Shine is also accused in two other shootings that targeted one of the men who was later shot at the barbershop.

According to court documents, after Shine was arrested for murder, he worked with McKinney to orchestrate the killing of one of the witnesses in the barbershop shooting—32-year-old Aaron Ladson, also known as "Pudge."

Ladson was shot in the head in the driveway of his grandmother's house in June 2015, months after his brother, Brandon White, was gunned down in the barbershop.

Shine has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to start Wednesday.

Officials have said Shine is part of the Heartless Felons gang and that the shooting was gang-related.

Shine had been released from prison in December 2014 after serving two years on robbery and weapons charges.