David Stoddard, who is accused of killing a pregnant teen, was indicted on murder charged with death penalty specifications on Wednesday.
AKRON, Ohio - The man accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old pregnant girl in Akron could be sentenced to death if convicted.
On Jan. 6, David Stoddard, 24, shot Anna Karam in the living room of an East Archwood Avenue house, police said. Her friend, 19-year-old Jessica Halman, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, but survived.
Stoddard was indicted for aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. The court documents, which were filed on Wednesday, include death penalty specifications because he allegedly committed the murder during another crime.
Other people in the house said Stoddard was looking for his ex-girlfriend and nearly killed another man, but his gun jammed. He was arrested at a hotel in Wadsworth.
Stoddard was also linked to a home invasion in Barberton in October. Police said he was robbing the house when the family's dog bit him. The pit bull mix was shot and killed, but a quick-thinking officer swabbed the dog's mouth for DNA.
Barberton police were notified of the DNA match in early December and tried to track down Stoddard at his 14 th Street home. Officers weren't able to locate him then and no warrant was issued for his arrest.
Charges from both crimes are included in Wednesday's nine-count indictment.
DNA evidence found inside of a dog's mouth helped Barberton police solve a home invasion that happened last October.
People came out to remember a pregnant 16-year-old shot and killed and to pray for her 19-year-old friend, who was seriously injured in the attack.
The Summit County Medical Examiner identified the 16-year-old, pregnant girl who was shot and killed on Sunday. In addition, Akron police released the name of a 19-year-old woman who was also shot, but survived.
A Barberton man has been charged with aggravated murder and more after police said he broke into a familiar home and shot two girls, killing one in Akron.
An Akron man wanted in connection with a double shooting is in custody after being arrested Sunday morning at a Wadsworth motel.