Ohio man charged with killing 4 in dif­fer­ent homes

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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