Not Guilty Plea in Quadruple Homicide


Deshanon Haywood and Derrick Brantley

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AKRON — The two men charged with killing four people in an Akron apartment in April entered a not guilty plea Friday.

Derrick Brantley and Deshanon Haywood, both 21 and of Akron, are each charged with 13 counts of aggravated murder (each count contains four death specifications and one firearm specification), four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of having weapons while under disability.

They’re each being held on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

According to Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh, if either or both of the men are convicted of aggravated murder with any of the death specifications, capital punishment will be sought.

Police said the four victims were shot in the head, some several times. Their bodies were found April 18 on Kimlyn Circle.

They were identified as Ronald Roberts, 24; Kem Delaney, 23; Maria Nash, 19; and Kiana Welch, 19.

Police believe the motive in the murders was robbery. They said the suspects knew one of the victims and they also said there was no sign of forced entry

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