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Akron brothers appear in court in Barberton triple slaying case

Beacon Journal staff report

Two Akron brothers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder charges stemming from the New Year’s Eve slayings of a Barberton father and his two teen children.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones ordered Eric Donta Hendon, 31, to continue to be jailed without bond while the case is pending.

His brother, Michael Deon Hendon, 22, is being held on a $1 million bond.

The men are accused of forcing their way inside the Barberton home of John Kohler on Dec. 31 and shooting him, his two children and his girlfriend.

Ashley Carpenter, 18, and her brother, David, 14, died of gunshot wounds to the head. Kohler, 42, was also shot in the head and died Jan. 3.

His girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, suffered a gunshot wound to the eye but survived.

If convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and other charges, the Hendons could face the death penalty.


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