Judge rules accused killer is 'intellectually disabled'

Judge rules accused killer is 'intellectually disabled'

BARBERTON, OH (WOIO) - One of the two brothers accused in a New Year's Eve triple murder has been ruled 'intellectually disabled' and cannot face the death penalty.

In Summit County Common Pleas Court Monday, Judge Amy Corrigall-Jones made the ruling in Michael Hendon's case, if he's convicted of murdering three people in Barberton.

Prosecutors say the Hendon brothers shot four people on New Years Eve 2013, in a home invasion/robbery attempt.

Three of the victims, Ashley Carpenter, 18, and her brother David Kohler-Carpenter, 14, along with their father, John Kohler, died. Ronda Blankenship, John's girlfriend was shot, but survived.

Michael Hendon has a status conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday to determine the next step. His trial was supposed to start Wednesday. Jury selection for Eric is scheduled to begin in October.

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