Brothers charged with killing man, teenage kids on New Year's Eve

Jan. 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM
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AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Two brothers were charged Friday with killing an Ohio man and his two teenage children in a drug-linked New Year's Eve robbery.

Michael Deon Hendon, 22, and Eric Donta Hendon, 30, both of Akron, face three counts each of aggravated murder, the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

John Kohler, 42, his children, Ashley Carpenter, 18, and David Carpenter-Kohler, 14, and his girlfriend, Ronda Blankenship, were shot in his apartment in Barberton, which borders Akron, on New Year's Eve.

Blankenship, who was critically injured, was able to call 911: "I'm bleeding everywhere, my boyfriend's here, I've got two kids here. Help -- help. Oh God."

The two teenagers were dead by the time police arrived, while Kohler was taken off life support Friday.

Investigators said the brothers went to the apartment planning to steal drugs and money from Kohler.

Eric Hendon was paroled in June after serving a prison term for attempted murder.

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