County prosecutor seeking death penalty against man accused of killing wife, mother-in-law in Medina

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MEDINA, Ohio (WJW) — Investigators offered more information Tuesday afternoon about the killings of two women — a mother and daughter– in Medina on Aug. 6.

Robert Dick, 52, is accused of killing his 46-year-old wife, Pamela Dick; and mother-in-law, 84-year-old Lillian Cox, then leading police on an area-wide manhunt.

Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson said he presented a seven-count indictment against Dick to a grand jury Tuesday, and charges are now pending.

Dick is scheduled for arraignment on Monday. Charges include two counts of aggravated murder. There are also two counts of murder and three counts of kidnapping, Thompson said. Dick is currently incarcerated at the Medina County Jail, Thompson said, and a $5 million bond has already been ordered.

Thompson is seeking the death penalty against Dick, he said.

He said that at this time, there is no firm motive. Dick was not fired from his job, Thompson said, as was reported previously.

Ashley Goodwin, whose mother and grandmother were gunned down inside their home says the loss is beyond devastating.  

“My grandma is … she was just the sweetest little button that you would ever meet … my mom was a spitfire. She was the toughest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Goodwin told Fox 8.

Goodwin says she had just spoken to her mother a few days earlier.

“She just loved so fiercely, it … she was just everything, she was my best friend in the whole world,” she said.

Robert Dick’s son called 911, telling them that his father confessed to shooting the women at a home on Lafayette Road in Medina.

“My dad called me down and he took my phone and he said ‘I just shot Pam,’ my step-mom and he was holding his revolver and walked into the other room and killed my grandma,”  the boy told the dispatcher on a 911 recording.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies arrested Dick several hours later in a wooded area near West Salem.  Investigators say they discovered him after learning he pulled a gun on a good Samaritan who had offered to give him a ride.

Prosecutor Forrest says Dick had one previous domestic violence misdemeanor, but no other significant criminal history.


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