Possible Motive for 4 Killed in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio – Two men are charged with killing four people whose bodies were found in the basement of an Akron apartment in April.

"It was really violent. It's something that we don't see often, but really tragic for the victims and more so for the families," Lt. David. Whiddon of the Akron Police Department said.

Deshannon Haywood and Derrick Brantley, both 21, are each charged with four counts of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

"We did get some pretty strong information that indicated they were involved somehow," Whiddon said.

The four victims, found April 18 on Kimlyn Circle, were identified as Ronald Roberts, 24; Kem Delaney, 23; Maria Nash, 19; and Kiana Welch, 19.

All were shot in the head, some several times, police said.

Police believe the motive was robbery. They said the suspects knew one of the victims and they also said there was no sign of forced entry.

Police said officers interviewed Haywood and Brantley about the murders early on. Officers said the men lied to them, and both were charged with obstructing justice.

Haywood was already in jail.

"So, they've been in custody, actual custody at the jail for a couple of weeks now," Whiddon said.

Police would not reveal any details of the investigation, saying it's still ongoing.

"You know we made these arrests. But we are still looking into some stuff, there's a lot of stuff we have to do, some other people we know have information that we want to contact," Whiddon said.

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