Akron Man Sentenced to Death

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AKRON, Ohio — A judge handed down the death sentence a jury recommended for a man convicted of killing two people and paralyzing another in a shooting spree.

On Nov. 9, 2012 Dawud Spaulding, 30, of Akron, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and domestic violence among other charges.

Spaulding’s girlfriend and mother of his two children filed for a protection order and was hiding from him when he killed her.

He found where she was staying and drove by the home on Dec. 15, 2011.

That’s when he shot and paralyzed Patrick Griffin, who was leaving the home.

Spaulding later returned and killed Erica Singleton, his girlfriend, and Ernie Thomas.

“More than three-quarters of murdered women are stalked by their killers, and this case is unfortunately not an exception. Dawud Spaulding engaged in a pattern of stalking, attacking and terrorizing Erica before he killed her,” said Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh. “The prosecutors in my Domestic Violence Unit worked hard to ensure justice for Erica Singleton, Ernie Thomas and Patrick Griffin. I thank them, the jury and Judge Paul Gallagher, who presided over this case in the Domestic Violence Court.”

Spaulding is scheduled to be executed on March 3, 2014.

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