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Ohio men convicted of what’s described as random slayings

July 20, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio brothers have been convicted of aggravated murder for what prosecutors say were random shootings.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a jury in Akron deliberated seven hours Friday before finding 30-year-old Donyea Tyus and 28-year-old Orlando Tyus guilty.

They were charged in the July 2018 slayings of Bonn Rassavong and Robert McCall in Akron.

Defense attorneys argued the prosecution’s key witness, a 21-year-old woman and self-described heroin addict with the brothers that night, shouldn’t be trusted. Prosecutors said her testimony was consistent with the evidence, including cellphone data.

The woman testified the brothers said she’d be killed if she didn’t murder someone like they did. She testified she tried to shoot a woman but the gun malfunctioned and the woman escaped.

The brothers say they’re innocent. An appeal is likely.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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