Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Triple Murder Suspects

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BARBERTON, Ohio — The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office Friday announced that it will seek the death penalty against the brothers accused of shooting four people in Barberton on New Year’s Eve.

Eric D. Hendon, 31, and his brother, Michael D. Hendon, 22, both of Akron, were indicted on several charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. The aggravated murder counts carry the death specifications.

The brothers are accused of going to the home of John Kohler, 42, with the intent of carrying out a robbery. Ashley Carpenter, 18, and her brother David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, who were visiting their father, were shot and killed.

John Kohler and his girlfriend Ronda Blankenship, 38, were also shot.

Kohler later died at an Akron hospital.

According to the prosecutor’s office, if either of the men is convicted on any count of aggravated murder, they can be sentenced to death.

“This was a truly senseless crime that has shattered a community,” said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. “An entire family – including two children – was killed. And the lone survivor of this brutal attack will carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of her life.”

The brothers will be arraigned Jan. 29.

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