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$5M bond set for man charged with arson, murder

November 28, 2018

LYNDHURST, Ohio (AP) — Bond has been set at $5 million for a man accused of setting fire to a suburban Cleveland home and killing a woman and her 8-year-old daughter.

A Lyndhurst Municipal Court judge set the bond Wednesday for Dominique Swopes. The 27-year-old Mayfield Heights man has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated arson and receiving stolen property in the Nov. 20 deaths of his neighbors, 41-year-ssld Rebecca Pletnewski and 8-year-old Olivia Schneider. Authorities say Pletnewski was fatally stabbed before her Mayfield Heights home was set on fire and her daughter died at a hospital from smoke inhalation. Authorities say Swopes had four of Pletnewski’s rings, valued at more than $1,000.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday at the office of Swopes’ attorney.

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This story has been corrected to show that defendant’s name is Dominique Swopes, not Dominque Swopes

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