CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Eleven years after an execution-style triple-murder at a Cleveland auto shop, the man accused of the crime was found not guilty on all counts.
Jesse Melton, 39, of East Cleveland, was charged with killing Lori Sarli, 48, Brian Yuravak, 50, and Babette Hockenberry, 53, inside Imperial Auto on St. Clair Avenue in 2012. All three victims were shot in the head.
Melton was indicted six years later.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Saffold on Tuesday found Melton not guilty on all counts, due to a lack of evidence connecting Melton to the moment the shots were fired.
Court records show Melton previously waived his right to a trial by jury.
The business, on Cleveland’s east side, has since been torn down.