CLEVELAND-- The man accused of killing two people in Parma Heights appeared in court via video Tuesday morning.
Thomas Knuff could be sentenced to death if he's found guilty of murdering the couple he befriended while in prison. He was arraigned in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom at 8:30 a.m.
He was given no bond and ordered to not have any contact with the victims' families. His first pretrial hearing with Aug. 1.
Knuff is charged with 21 counts, including aggravated murder, theft, burglary and conspiracy.
Parma Heights police said he stabbed 65-year-old John Mann and 49-year-old Regina Capobianco inside Mann's Nelwood Road home in May. Officers found the couple's decomposed remains a month later.
The murders happened just one month after Knuff's release from prison following a 15-year term for aggravated robbery.
Following the murders, police said he broke into two Parma Heights salons to steal cash registers.