- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A jury has found a northeast Ohio man guilty of multiple counts of aggravated murder in the slaying of four people inside at Akron townhome in April 2013.

The jury that returned the verdicts on Wednesday in Akron must now consider whether to recommend the death penalty for 22-year-old Deshanon Haywood.

His attorneys argued at trial that someone else killed the four young adults in what authorities believe was a robbery related to the heroin epidemic.

Prosecutors conceded that their case against Haywood was based on circumstantial evidence because there were no eyewitnesses. Two men and two women between the ages of 19 and 24 were shot at close range.

Twenty-two-year-old Derrick Brantley was sentenced to four life sentences in July. His jury recommended against imposing the death penalty.

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