CANTON — A man charged in the deaths of a Lake Township couple in 2017 will not go on trial next week as originally scheduled.
A trial for George C. Brinkman, 47, is now set to begin Sept. 30 in Stark County Common Pleas Court. He appeared for a pretrial hearing Thursday.
The defense requested the continuance to allow more time to receive information sought from expert witnesses. The postponement was not the fault of defense attorneys, Judge Chryssa Hartnett said.
Brinkman faces two counts of aggravated murder tied to the deaths of Rogell "Gene" John, 71, and Roberta "Bobbi" John, 61. The married couple were shot to death in their home on June 12, 2017, while Brinkman was housesitting, according to investigators.
The Johns were killed less than a day after Brinkman murdered a woman and her two adult daughters in North Royalton. He was arrested a few days later in North Royalton following a standoff with police.
Brinkman has already been convicted in those slayings. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death in 2018 by a panel of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judges. He also was sentenced to an additional 47 years on kidnapping, aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges stemming from the deaths of Suzanne Taylor, 42, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18.
Brinkman, whose last known address prior to his indictment was in Plain Township, also faces two counts of aggravated robbery and charges of aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in his Stark County case.
He has expressed interest in potentially asking a three-judge panel to decide his fate instead of a jury. If he's convicted, the panel would then consider his punishment. The Stark County Prosecutor's Office is seeking the death penalty.
If Brinkman proceeds with a panel of judges, Hartnett would be joined by Judges Kristin Farmer and Taryn Heath. Farmer and Heath were selected randomly.
A pretrial is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Aug. 22.