BARBERTON: Two suspects in a New Year’s Eve triple homicide appeared Saturday morning in Barberton Municipal Court, where a visiting judge set bond for each man at $10 million.
Following the court hearing, retired Barberton Municipal Judge Michael McNulty ordered police to escort Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and his brother, Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, to the Summit County Jail.
They face arraignments at 1 p.m. Wednesday to face three charges each of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of John Kohler of Barberton and his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Ashley Carpenter, and his son, David Kohler Carpenter, 14.
The teenagers died New Year’s Eve from what autopsies determined to be gunshot wounds to the head. Police have called the incident a home invasion/burglary with the suspects seeking drugs and money.
Kohler’s girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, 38, was also wounded and is recovering at an area hospital.
Evidence and the investigation of the crime scene led police to arrest the Hendon brothers on Friday, the same day Kohler died in a hospital from gunshot wounds.
Following a review by a Summit County grand jury, the Hendon brothers could face additional charges including potential death penalty specifications.
Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.