CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - George Brinkman, the man convicted of murdering three people in North Royalton, was formally sentenced to death at a hearing on Friday.
Brinkman, 46, was found guilty of murdering 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her two daughters; 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says Brinkman knew the woman since elementary school.
Other charges included kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse.
The defendant’s attorney asked the panel consisting of three judges to reconsider Brinkman’s death sentence and asked for life in prison instead, but they did not reconsider it.
Court records indicate that Brinkman stabbed and slit Suzanne’s throat, smothered Taylor to death with a pillow, and strangled Kylie with a telephone cord. The prosecutor says there is still no known motive for the murders.
All three were found dead in their North Royalton home in June 2017.
The father of Taylor and Kylie was one of the family relatives to address the courtroom with a victim impact statement on Friday.
The convicted murderer did not speak. He will also not appeal the panel’s decision.
“Brinkman is a mass murderer who should quickly be executed,” stated Prosecutor O’Malley. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of his five victims.”
The execution date is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2020.
Brinkman is also charged in Stark County with fatally shooting 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John.
The couple’s son found their bodies in their Lake Township home in June 2017.