Two men indicted for murder of 17-year-old girl they feared might testify against them
CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said two Cleveland men have been indicted for the execution-style murder of a 17-year-old girl. Authorities said the suspects recruited the teen to help them rob a bank just days before her murder.
Kiechaun Newell, 19, and Jeffrey Doss, 22, were charged by the Grand Jury Tuesday in a 14-count indictment that includes aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, conspiracy, robbery, theft and having weapons under disability.
The indictment claims that Doss ordered Newell to kill the Cleveland girl who had been with the two men when they robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Northfield Village on August 15. Surveillance images of Doss and the girl were released a couple days after the robbery.
The prosecutor’s office said the conspiracy count in the indictment charges that Doss wanted the teenager dead because he feared “he would be implicated in the bank robbery.”
On August 19, she was found shot to death in a vacant lot in East Cleveland.
Three juveniles who authorities said participated in the crime have been charged. All of the suspects were arrested within days of one another beginning on Aug. 30.
In a press release, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said:
“This is a particularly shocking and depraved crime. First, these gang members gutlessly recruited a young girl to do the bank robbery they didn’t have the nerve to do themselves. Then, after their half-baked plot landed their pictures on television, they picked up the girl at her home and executed her so she couldn’t be a witness against them.”
Doss and Newell are each being held on a $1-million bond in the Cuyahoga County Jail.