Suspect in Jim Brennan murder initially claimed he was a victim

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of the defendants indicted with the aggravated murder of a Cleveland Heights restaurant owner had initially misled police by saying he was a victim.

Police confirm that Brandon Jones, who worked in the kitchen at Brennan’s Colony, told police moments after the murder of Jim Brennan that he was a victim and had nothing to do with the robbery and murder of his boss.

But it didn’t take police long to unravel Jones’ story, and just a few days after the June 30 murder, Jones and three others were arrested.

On Wednesday, Jones, his brother, Darien Jones, Devonne Turner and his brother, Paul Turner, all appeared in court for pretrials.

The Jones brothers, as well as Devonne Turner are facing aggravated murder charges.  Paul Turner is facing obstructing justice charges.

Defense attorneys say Darien Jones is the alleged trigger man.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor officials say a capital review team from their office will soon meet to decide if the three men could face the death penalty.

That decision could be made by the next pretrial which is scheduled for Sept. 19.  All four men remain jailed.

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