Murder Suspect Arraigned as Family Sobs
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ A man charged with killing five members of a family he lived with was refused bail Monday, and one of the victims’ relatives told Sammy Moreland, ″I hope you suffer.″
Moreland, 31, entered no plea as he was arraigned before Judge Alice O. McCullom in a courtroom cleared of all but the victims’ relatives, reporters and police. The judge ordered Moreland returned to the Montgomery County Jail and set a preliminary hearing for Nov. 12.
Moreland faces five counts of aggravated murder involving use of a gun and three counts of attempted aggravated murder involving use of a gun in the attack late Friday night. If convicted of the murder charges, he could receive the death penalty.
Killed were Glenna Green, 46; her daughter, Lana, 23; and her grandchildren, 6-year-old Voilana Green, 6-year-old Datwan Talbott and 7-year- old Daytrin Talbott. Services for all five were set for Thursday.
Two other children, Glenna Talbott, 2, and and Tia Green, 5, had improved from critical to serious condition Monday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. A third child, Dayron Talbott, 11, remained in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital.
Police said the victims were either shot or beaten, or both.
Family members were sobbing even before Moreland appeared in court. As he left, one woman shouted: ″I hope you suffer. You killed my sister. I hope you suffer.″
A family member identified the woman as Janet Green, sister of Lana Green.
Police used a helicopter Monday to search rooftops, but were unable to find the weapons used in the slayings, Sgt. Kevin Smith said.
Lt. Billy Faulkner, acting superintendent of the investigations division, said police are looking for a .22-caliber rifle and a blunt instrument.
The bodies were found about 11:45 p.m. Friday by Tia Talbott, Glenna Green’s daughter, when she returned from a shopping trip. Moreland was arrested when he returned to the house.
Smith refused to comment on reports in the Dayton Journal Herald and Daily News that officers had obtained a statement from Dayron Talbott immediately after the attack.
He also refused comment on a possible motive beyond earlier statements that Moreland and Glenna Green - his girlfriend - had argued several hours before the killings. However, Smith said, ″We have some other possibilities. ... This guy has a history of violence.
Court records show that Moreland was indicted four times between 1975 and 1984 on various felonious assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges. All but one of the charges was subsequently dropped.