Suspect in Jim Brennan murder may face death penalty

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CLEVELAND — One of the four defendants charged in connection with the murder of a Cleveland Heights restaurant owner may face the death penalty.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office capital review committee has not yet met to decide if Darien Jones will face the death penalty.

Darien Jones is the alleged shooter in the case and is the only defendant eligible for the death penalty at this time, defense and prosecutors said during a pretrial held Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The prosecutor’s office says it is still reviewing the matter.

Brandon Jones, Darien’s brother, is also facing an aggravated murder charge. Brandon Jones worked for the victim, Jim Brennan, and was working the day the murder happened.

Devonne Turner is also facing an aggravated murder charge. His brother, Paul Turner, is facing an obstruction of justice charge.

The Turner brothers were also arraigned Friday morning on an aggravated robbery charge. That robbery happened the same day as the murder.

Prosecutors also said they are waiting on federal agents’ reports before they can turn them over to defense attorneys.

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