Jury deliberates in Ohio townhome slayings


First Posted: 9/30/2014

AKRON (AP) — A jury is expected to resume deliberations in the death-penalty trial of the second defendant in a northeast Ohio quadruple homicide last year.

Jurors in Akron on Tuesday will continue deliberating in the aggravated-murder trial of 22-year-old Deshanon Jammal Haywood. He is accused in the fatal shootings of two men and two women in an Akron townhome in April 2013.

There were no witnesses, but prosecutors said all the circumstantial evidence fits together to implicate Haywood in the drug-related slayings. His attorneys say it was someone else.

The trial was delayed when prosecutors claimed judicial bias, leading the presiding judge to voluntarily step aside from the case in July.

Haywood’s co-defendant, 23-year-old Derrick Anthony Brantley, was convicted at trial and sentenced to four life prison terms.