Two more suspects charged in Ohio killings
Two more CLEVELAND — suspects are charged in the April 14 slaying of a couple at their used-car business in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood.
Jerome Diggs Jr., 23, and Andrew Keener, 24, both of Cleveland, are each charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of Michael Kuznik, 47, and Trina Tomola, 46, officials announced at a Monday news conference.
The men appeared for arraignment Monday, when a Cleveland Municipal Court judge set their bonds at $1 million apiece, court records say.
A third suspect, Joseph McAlpin, 29, was arrested in June, and a grand jury later handed up a 25-count indictment against him, including charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary. He’s also accused of shooting the couple’s Rottweiler, Axel.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against McAlpin.
Kuznik and Tomola were “basically executed” inside Mr. Cars Inc. on East 185th Street as they were preparing to close their shop for the day, Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said.
Investigators on Monday did not say why they believe Diggs and Keener are linked to the killings, but attributed the developments to detective work and tips from the public.
Keener was arrested Friday at his workplace in Willoughby, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said. Keener had been tipped off that police were coming for him, and marshals eventually found him hiding on a shelf behind some plastic, Elliott said.
Diggs was arrested Saturday at his workplace on Ohio 82 near Strongsville, Elliott said.
Tomola’s son went to the dealership about 9:30 p.m. on April 14, concerned that the pair hadn’t return to their Euclid home after work. The 19-year-old found both of them dead inside the business.
Kuznik was found near his desk with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, and Tomola was found near a back door with a gunshot wound to the back of her head.
The attackers stole two cars from the lot: a blue 2006 Mercedes SL, and a 2006 BMW 528I. The BMW was later found abandoned in the 3300 block of West 48th Street.
Also stolen was a bag of car keys, which was recovered.