Summit County’s seven capital murder defendants, all currently under indictment and awaiting trial in the justice system by order of indictment date:
David A. Stoddard, 25, 14th Street NW, Barberton.
Indicted: Jan. 24; pleaded not guilty.
Crime: Accused in the Jan. 6 shooting death of Anna Karam, 16, of Akron, and her unborn child. Police say Stoddard barged inside an East Archwood Avenue home in Barberton and opened fire. Jessica Halman, 19, of Norton, was shot in the head but survived. Witnesses told police Stoddard was looking for his ex-girlfriend when the victims were shot. Wadsworth police found him inside a motel room a few hours after the shootings.
Trial: Feb. 11, 2014. Assigned to Judge Thomas Teodosio.
Bryan D. Giles, 20, Blache Street, Akron.
Indicted: Feb. 28; pleaded not guilty.
Crime: Accused in the Feb. 5 fatal shooting of his cousin, Jarrell Cunningham, 27, and the shooting of another cousin, Terrell Patterson, 20, during an aggravated burglary and robbery at the victims’ home in the 600 block of Madison Avenue in Akron. Patterson was shot in the face and critically injured but survived. Police say the shooting stemmed from a previous dispute between Giles and Cunningham.
Trial: Jan. 13, 2014. Assigned to Judge Alison McCarty.
Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 19, East South Street, Akron.
Indicted: April 19; entered plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Crime: Ford and a 14-year-old co-defendant are accused in the April 2 slayings of prominent area attorney Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret “Peg” Schobert, 59, inside the master bedroom of their Rex Lake Drive home in the Portage Lakes area of New Franklin. Authorities say the suspects walked to the home from Akron in the middle of the night, confronted and killed Jeff Schobert, then waited for his wife to come home from a hospital visit with their daughter. Autopsy records identified the potential murder weapon as a sledgehammer. Police and friends of the suspects say the slayings occurred in connection with Ford’s attack and beating of his girlfriend, Chelsea Schobert, about 10 days earlier.
Trial: April 2, 2014. Assigned to Judge Tom Parker.
Derrick Anthony Brantley, 22, Cornell Street, Akron.
Indicted: June 6; pleaded not guilty.
Deshanon Jammal Haywood, 22, Brittain Road, Akron.
Indicted: June 6; pleaded not guilty.
Crime: The two are accused of a quadruple homicide April 18 in the basement of a Kimlyn Circle townhouse in Akron, near Chapel Hill, during an aggravated burglary, robbery and kidnapping. The victims, whom police said were all shot multiple times in the head, were: Ronald Roberts, 24; Kem Reshad Delaney, 23; Maria Nash, 19; and Kiana Welch, 19. Police say robbery of one victim apparently was the initial motive for the two suspects arriving at the townhouse. Brantley and Haywood were arrested May 23 after the public helped police by providing many leads, investigators said.
Trial: The defendants will be tried separately. Dates are pending. Both cases are assigned to Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands.
Robert Thomas Pitts Jr., 20, South Rose Boulevard, Akron.
Indicted: Aug. 2; entered plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Crime: Accused in the stabbing deaths of Bryan May, 53, and his son, Jeremy Putra, 20, inside their South Rose Boulevard apartment in West Akron. Pitts had known Putra since middle school and the two were close friends at Firestone High. Friends and family members of the victims say that when Pitts needed a place to live, May took him in several weeks before the slayings. Police suspect Pitts killed both men in the early hours of July 17, assaulted the family dog and fled in May’s Jeep, which was found abandoned in Ashtabula. After being declared a fugitive, Pitts was on the run for two days and made his way to Chicago. From there, he called Akron police, said he wanted to turn himself in and gave his location. Chicago police arrested him July 18 without incident.
Trial: May 12, 2014. Assigned to Judge Tammy O’Brien.
Daniel Thomas Tighe, 39, Breiding Avenue, Akron.
Indicted: Oct. 8; pleaded not guilty.
Crime: Accused in the July 23 slayings of his longtime girlfriend, Wendy Ralston, 31, and their son, Peyton, 5, in Tallmadge. On Aug. 10, Ralston’s mother found the victims’ remains, buried and wrapped in bedding, as she was searching for her daughter in a wooded area about 100 yards behind Wendy Ralston’s home on Stone Creek Drive. For nearly two months, Tighe walked the streets of Tallmadge or lived with friends. Finally, on Oct. 3, he was arrested by detectives and officers from the U.S. Marshals Service in a camper parked in a driveway off Breiding Road. Forensic anthropologists at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania were able to establish only that Wendy Ralston’s manner of death was a homicide caused by “unspecified violence,” with a contributing factor an injury usually associated with asphyxiation. Peyton’s manner of death also was ruled as a homicide from “unspecified violence.” Police say Ralston and Tighe had an on-off relationship for about 10 years. Both accused each other of domestic violence at various times.
Trial: Sept. 2, 2014. Assigned to Judge Lynne Callahan.
Compiled by Beacon Journal staff writers Ed Meyer and Phil Trexler.