Police arrest suspects off GPS clues for triple murder of two teens and their father in New Years Eve home invasion
- Violent sex offender Eric Donta Hendon, 31, and his brother Michael Deon Hendon, 22, are each charged with three counts of aggravated murder
- The elder Hendon is a registered violent sex offender - he was granted a supervised release last June after 13 years in prison
- He was originally locked up in 2000 for shooting a woman in the vagina
- Police tracked him down using his court-mandated GPS ankle bracelet
- Ashley Carpenter, 18, and David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene, father John Kohler was taken off life support last week
- Stepmother Ronda Blankenship remains hospitalized
By Louise Boyle and Ryan Gorman
PUBLISHED: 15:41 EST, 9 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:49 EST, 9 January 2014
Two men have been arrested in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting that claimed three lives and left another person critically injured after police tracked them down using GPS.
Brothers Eric Donta Hendon, 31, and Michael Deon Hendon, 22, are accused by police of breaking into the Barberton, Ohio home and shooting two teenage siblings dead. The teens' father died Friday from his injuries, their stepmother remains hospitalized.
Ashley Carpenter, 18, and David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. Father John Kohler, 42, was taken off life support last week. Stepmother Ronda Blankenship, 38, remains hospitalized, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The elder Hendon is a registered violent sex offender out on parole, GPS surveillance placed him at the slain family's home at the time the shooting occurred, police told the paper.
Arrested: Eric Donta Hendon (left) and Michael Deon Hendon (right) have each been charged with three counts of aggravated murder
Authorities charged each brother with
three counts of aggravated murder during a Wednesday hearing which saw
their bond set at $10million a piece, records showed.
A grand jury hearing set for next Thursday may see prosecutors ask for the death penalty, sources said told the Beacon Journal.
Eric Hendon was released from prison this past June after serving a 13-year sentence for shooting a woman in the vagina, according to the paper.
He was released into the custody of a halfway house under the terms of his supervised release requiring him to wear a GPS ankle bracelet.
That GPS device revealed the violent man was in the area of the home where the slayings occurred for roughly six minutes on New Year's Eve around the time investigators believe the victims died, the Beacon Journal reported.
Ashley Carpenter, 18, was shot dead in her Ohio home on New Year's Eve along with her 14-year-old brother David (pictured right)
A search of Eric Hendon's home found jeans with a red stain on the thigh, possibly blood, officials said.
Investigators believe the Hendon brothers targeted the home because Mr Kohler was a known marijuana dealer, according to an affidavit cited by the Beacon Journal.
The father of two had no previous arrested for drug trafficking, the paper noted.
Mr Kohler, 42, and girlfriend Ronda Blankenship, 38, were both injured in the attack and taken to a local hospital. Mr Kohler has since been taken off life support, Ms Blankenship is clinging to life, according to the Beacon Journal.
Miss Carpenter was a senior at Barberton High while her brother was in middle school.
Police told Ohio.com that at least two gunmen broke into the family's home around 7pm on December 31. Police responded following a 911 call from an anonymous source.
The children's father John Kohler has died from injuries sustained in the assault, girlfriend Ronda Blankenship (right) is still hospitalized
Officer Marty Eberhart said that he believed to motive to be robbery but would not reveal further details but that authorities had leads to who was behind the slayings.
The children’s mother, Leiha Carpenter, lives in town.
Tim Terry and Michelle Olei, who live
next door, told ohio.com: 'I had my video game going. I didn’t hear
anything. I think it was something personal.'
The scene of the home invasion where two teens were shot and killed in Barberton, Ohio
MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS
MOST READ NEWS
Colorado NewsGet the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|
Romanian footballer's girlfriend in row over animal cruelty after posting bizarre picture of pet puppy nibbling her bra
Madalina Pamfile, 21, is girlfriend of AC Milan midfielder Cristian DaminutaShe posted picture of dog nibbling breast alongside caption: 'My new love'Later wrote: Envy is ...
- Woman is killed along with her three children and boyfriend in plane crash near Erie airport
- Jennifer Lawrence victim of hacker who leaks slew of graphic nude photos of Oscar winning actress and 'dozens of A-listers'
- Bryan Hamade denies he's the hacker who leaked celebrity nude photos
- Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay
- Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks
- Would you sell YOUR privacy for $100 a month? Market researchers scrutinise web searches and viewing habits for a fee
- Did iCloud's 'Find My iPhone' function help hackers steal celebrities' 'nude' photos? Flaw may have exposed hundreds of images
- Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office
- Louisiana TV host shot dead by son-in-law who was also believed to be his lover in alleged murder-suicide attempt
- New York's West Indian Day Parade again marred by violence - this time before it even starts
- Why millions of Pakistani children are falling prey to vicious paedophiles
- Three American captives held in North Korea say their plight is 'urgent' and beg U.S. government for help in new interview
- Iraqi TV's cartoon satire on terror, ISIS, and jihadis
- Clifton engagement ring box springs open to present sparkler like a blooming flower
- Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora
- When does a houseboat become just a house? As California is hit with one of its worst droughts in decades scientists warn they could soon last up to 30 years at a time
- Indonesian student six years jail for calling city 'stupid' social media
- Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash
- Nordic diet volunteers lost three times as much weight as others
- 'The colour of his skin is of no concern - Jonah being a healthy and happy baby is what matters': White child is born to black mother - beating odds of a million-to-one
- FBI involved in Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton nude photo leaks
- Dance teacher accused of molesting pupil and running 'cult' school shot dead in his Louisiana home by son-in-law who was also his former lover
- Stonehenge WAS completely round: 5,000 year mystery solved by groundsman who couldn't water part of the circle because a hosepipe was too short
- Israel under fire for 'largest West Bank land grab in 30 years' as soldiers swoop on 1,000 acres of Palestinian territory
- Joan Rivers joked about 'going in for procedure' the night before operation
- Quiz to see if YOU are less computer literate than a 5-year-old?
- Spoiled teen takes parents to court
- Liberated from ISIS: Iraqi minority celebrate end of two-month siege after fundamentalists are defeated by Shia militias backed by American air power
- White British girl who's now a 'celebrity jihadi': Mother-of-two a 'top priority' for MI6 and she calls on Muslims to join the terror group
- Will Saudi Arabia MOVE Prophet Muhammad's remains?
- David Cameron unveils new terror crackdown as Scots girl incites massacre on Britain
- Dozens of teenagers escape from detention center under a weak spot in the fence
- Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida
- Gym teacher sentenced to 20 months in prison for two-year sexual relationship she had with 15-year-old male student
- Staten Island teen dead under mysterious circumstances when he collapses during football practice
- 'I was desperate to have a baby'. Aussie mum gives birth 3 years after husbands death
- Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K
- Mother accused of killing her severely disabled daughter, eight, could still inherit $1 million of her trust fund even if she is convicted
- Caught in the nick of time: Man dashes fully-clothed into a lake to save his drone from the water after it runs out of battery
- Is this ISIS' youngest jihadi 'cub'?: Disturbing footage emerges of young child in full terror garb shooting an AK47
- Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party
- Water way to see the Windy City! Virtual tourists can go on tour of Chicago's canals in hyper-speed video filmed on a boat
- New wave of leaks plague celebrities as authorities prove unable to stop spread while some suggest naked photos were passed around users in an online CLUB for months
- Me and JFK - now it can be told: How NORA EPHRON was the only White House intern Kennedy didn't make a pass at (...maybe it was the dress that looked like processed cheese)
- Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row
- Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires
- Revealed: David Bowie's first US tour was a disaster because he forgot to get a work visa and couldn't play gigs
- 'If I want to I can take Kiev in a fortnight': Putin's threat to Europe revealed by EU boss as Ukraine loses control of key airport