Two 21-year-old men charged in connection with April quadruple slaying in Akron
Police say robbery was the motive
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
10:32 AM, May 23, 2013
9:44 PM, May 23, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - Two men have been charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder in connection with execution-style killings that stunned Akron residents last month.
Deshanon Haywood and Derrick Brantley, both 21, are accused in the deaths of 24-year-old Ronald Roberts, 23-year-old Kem Delaney, and 19-year-olds Kiana Welch and Maria Nash.
All of the victims were found in the basement of Robert's townhome on Kimlyn Circle near Chapel Hill Mall on April 18.
They died from gunshot wounds to their heads. Police said two guns were used.
Both of the suspects are charged with four counts of aggravated murder and four counts of aggravated robbery and are being held in Summit County Jail.
Nash's aunt, Regina Cheatham, said the arrests brought her family much relief.
"We're just overjoyed that the detective unit solved the case so quickly and we want to send our prayers to other families affected by violence," Cheatham said.
April Roberts-Gilbert, the mother of Ronald Roberts, said her son grew up with Brantley. She also said she considers herself a friend to his family, but she wants the suspects to face the death penalty, if convicted.
"It's sad. It really is. They're only 21-years-old, but my son doesn't have his life anymore and I feel like, 'Hey you don't care about mine, why should I care about yours?' I want it to be death. I really do," Roberts-Gilbert said.
Police said robbery was the motive in the incident. The two suspects were linked to the killings through tips and evidence at the scene, according to investigators.
Lt. David Whiddon said detectives met with the victims' families on Wednesday to tell them about the big break in the case.
"It was very emotional. They were all affected. Every victim's family is affected by losing somebody in this way, but to have all four like they were found, it was emotional."
Investigators believe the male victims were alone with the suspects for awhile and the two female victims showed up at the townhouse later.
"Why all four of them ended up shot in the basement, we don't have the answers to that right now, but we're still investigating," Whiddon said.
Prior to the murder charges, Haywood and Brantley were charged with obstructing justice for providing false statements to detectives during the investigation, according to Lt. Rick Edwards
Court records show Brantley and Haywood have prior drug convictions.
Brantley was out on bond awaiting trial on a pending heroin case at the time of the murders.
They're scheduled to appear in Akron Municipal Court on the murder charges on Friday.