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New jury being selected today in Akron capital murder case
Other noon headlines: Ohio Attorney General exceeds rape kit testing goal; Crew reconstructs shooting inside Ohio Wal-Mart 
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
WKSU noon news headlines for Wednesday, September 3

New jury being selected today in Akron capital murder case 
A new jury is being selected today in an Akron capital murder case that led to one judge removing herself and the original jury being disbanded. Twenty-two-year-old Deshanon Haywood is facing death for the murders of four people. The main defendant in the case, Derrick Brantley, was tried separately and the jury recommended a sentence of life in prison rather than death. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands sentenced him to four consecutive life sentences. Prosecutors accused her of then pressuring them to drop the death case against Haywood in favor of a life sentence. They also accused her of improperly seating a juror who is opposed to the death penalty. Rowlands withdrew from the case and the new judge, Paul Gallagher, then disbanded the original jury.​

Cleveland police name officer who killed suspect
Cleveland police have released the name of the sergeant who shot and killed a man who reportedly pointed a gun at him as he was responding to a gunfire complaint. The Plain Dealer reports 55-year-old  Brian Miller fired three rounds when Kendrick Brown approached him with a gun Tuesday morning. Police said Miller ordered Brown to drop the weapon, but he refused.  Miller will be on administrative leave as Cleveland homicide detectives, as well as Cleveland and Cuyahoga County prosecutors, investigate the shooting.

Ohio Attorney General exceeds rape kit testing goal
The Ohio Attorney General’s office says his office has exceeded its two-year goal of testing more than 3,000 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies. Mike DeWine says forensic scientists have tested abourt 4,700 previously untested kits. The two-year program runs through October. DeWine as a result of the testing, more than 200 people so far have been charged for sexual assaults allegedly committed years ago.  DeWine launched the testing initiative after learning that many law enforcement agencies across the state were in possession of thousands of rape kits that had never been submitted for DNA testing, some of which were associated with crimes that occurred decades ago.

Crew reconstructs shooting inside Ohio Wal-Mart 
Ohio authorities have completed additional investigation at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart store where police fatally shot a man holding an air rifle. The Ohio Attorney General's Office confirms that state investigators returned to the Beavercreek store Wednesday to gather additional information and reconstruct the shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III. The Dayton Daily News reports that gunshots could be heard from inside the store as investigators worked from about 2 a.m. until 5 a.m. Crawford was killed by police Aug. 5. A 911 caller told police that Crawford was waving a weapon inside the store. A special prosecutor will convene a grand jury on Sept. 22 to hear evidence in the case and determine if charges are warranted. Crawford's supporters claim the shooting was not justified.

Four slayings shake Bucyrus 
Authorities in a northern Ohio town are asking for the public's help in solving the slayings of four men whose bodies were found in separate homes this week. Police in Bucyrus say the four men were found beaten to death Monday. All were between the ages of 50 and 70. They probably knew one another, and police are investigating whether the slayings are connected. The victims' names haven't been released. A man who came into the police station and led deputies to the last two bodies Monday is in custody, but he has not been charged. Some of the residents of the town of 12,000 about 65 miles north of Columbus say they are now worried about their safety in a place unaccustomed to a lot of violent crime.

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