Bond was set at $1 million each for two men accused of killing four people inside a Chapel Hill-area townhouse.
Derrick Brantley, 21, and Deshanon Haywood, 21, made their initial appearance Friday in Akron Municipal Court via video from the Summit County Jail.
Each is charged with four counts of aggravated murder and four counts of aggravated robbery. They tentatively are scheduled to be formally arraigned June 7.
Neither man entered a plea during the hearing before Judge John Holcomb. Their attorneys say they intend to plead not guilty during the upcoming arraignment hearing.
Based on the circumstances, they are eligible to be indicted on death penalty specifications. Prosecutors are expected to present the case to a grand jury in the coming weeks.
The suspects were charged this week by Akron police detectives. They are accused in the April 18 shooting deaths of Ronald Roberts, 24; Kem Rashad Delaney, 23; Maria Nash, 19; and Kiana Welch, 19.
Each victim was shot multiple times in the head. Their bodies were found in the basement of a Kimlyn Circle townhouse where Roberts had been staying with his sister.
Police detectives have released few details on the evidence collected since the shooting that links the defendants. They have said Brantley, a childhood friend of Roberts, and Haywood were identified as suspects early in the investigation.
Police also said two different guns were used in the shootings, and multiple shell casings were found on two levels of the townhouse. Despite the number of shots fired, no neighbors in the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority complex, off Independence Avenue, reported hearing gunfire.
The four had been dead for a couple of hours before their bodies were discovered about 2:30 p.m.