Ohio man charged with killing 4 in different homes
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man was charged with aggravated murder Thursday in the slayings of four men who were found in separate homes earlier this week.
Donald Hoffman has been in custody since Tuesday, when police say he walked into the department alone and provided officers with information that led to two of the bodies. Two others had been found a day earlier.
Hoffman, 41, had been jailed on a probation violation until he was charged in the deaths Thursday. A judge ordered him held on $10 million bond — $2.5 million for each alleged slaying — following a recommendation from the prosecutor, who said Hoffman’s criminal record includes assault, menacing and theft.
The county coroner said Thursday the men were beaten, strangled or both.
“There’s no doubt that the defendant has been accused of a series of horrific crimes. If he did commit those crimes, he poses a threat to basically every citizen in this community,” Crawford County Municipal Court Judge Sean Leuthold said.
The judge appointed a lawyer for Hoffman. A message was left for that attorney.
Hoffman appeared via video feed from jail, seated in an orange jail outfit with his arms crossed. He spoke only to acknowledge that he understood an explanation of how the case would proceed. Authorities said the case could be presented to a grand jury Monday.
More than two dozen relatives of the victims attended the hearing, some wiping tears as the judge read the charges. Most left without commenting, but a few made statements of grief, anger or confusion about why their loved ones might have been killed.