East Cleveland man indicted in 2012 execution-style slayings of man, 2 women

East Cleveland man indicted in 2012 execution-style slayings of man, 2 women
A man and two women were killed in August 2012 at Imperial Auto Sales on Cleveland's East Side. Jessie Melton has been indicted in connection to the murders. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A lengthy investigation has led to a 20-count indictment against an East Cleveland man who is accused of fatally shooting three people in 2012.

Jessie Melton, 34, will stand trial for the execution-style murders, which unfolded in August 2012, where a man and two women were shot in the head and died at Imperial Auto Sales, located near East 183rd Street and St. Clair Avenue.

Their bloodied bodies were discovered in a rear room of the auto shop.

According to the Homicide Review Task Force -- a multi-jurisdictional team comprised of the Cleveland Homicide Unit, the FBI and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department -- the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indictment includes two counts of aggravated murder, and one count of murder.

The victims were Brian Yuravak, 50; Lori Sarli, 48; and Babette Hockenberry, 43.

Melton’s arraignment is set for Monday, Dec. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

The suspect is already in federal custody, awaiting trial on unrelated gun charges

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