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Quadruple Homicide Suspects Indicted

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Deshanon Haywood and Derrick Brantley

AKRON, Ohio — Two men accused of a quadruple homicide in Akron have been indicted.

Police said the four victims were shot in the head, some several times.  Their bodies were found April 18 on Kimlyn Circle.

They were identified as Ronald Roberts, 24; Kem Delaney, 23; Maria Nash, 19; and Kiana Welch, 19.

Derrick Brantley and Deshanon Haywood, both 21 and of Akron, are each charged with 13 counts of aggravated murder (each count contains four death specifications and one firearm specification), four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of having weapons while under disability.

According to Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh, if either or both of the men are convicted of aggravated murder with any of the death specifications, capital punishment will be sought.

“Derrick Brantley and Deshanon Haywood are accused of committing one of the deadliest shootings this city has seen,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “I can only imagine the pain these families are going through, knowing that their loved ones died such early and violent deaths. My office will seek justice for Kem Delaney, Ronald Roberts, Maria Nash and Kiana Welch.”

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

The men were scheduled to be arraigned Friday at 8 a.m.

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