VERDICT: Jury finds man guilty of gunning down couple, dog at Collinwood car lot

VERDICT: Jury finds man guilty of gunning down couple, dog at Collinwood car lot

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Joseph McAlpin, the man accused of killing a Cleveland couple at a Collinwood car lot, was found guilty of aggravated murder by a jury on Tuesday evening.

It took the jury two days to find McAlpin guilty on all 25 counts related to the brutal crime.

He could now face the death penalty in connection with the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik.

Trial proceedings will continue on Monday, May 13.

“This verdict is not a victory, it just a necessary step in our criminal justice process. It does not bring back Michael Kuznik or Trina Tomola to their children and family,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “McAlpin’s horrific actions warrant the death penalty.”

The jury found McAlpin guilty of the following charges:

  • Aggravated Murder
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Felonious Assault
  • Having Weapons While Under Disability
  • Grand Theft
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Injuring Animals
Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik, owners of Mr. Cars II, were murdered in April of 2017.
Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik, owners of Mr. Cars II, were murdered in April of 2017.

The couple was shot and killed on April 14, 2017 inside their business, Mr. Cars, on East 185th Street in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood.

Cleveland police said two cars and cash were also stolen.

Officers recovered the stolen vehicles on Cleveland’s West Side.

McAlpin represented himself at the trial which began on March 18.

The jury started deliberating around 12:30 p.m. on April 15.

Jerome Diggs and Andrew Keener are also charged in connection with the double murder.

In February, Keener pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and theft. He will be sentenced April 29.

Andrew Keener pleaded guilty in connection with the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik and will be sentenced April 19.
Andrew Keener pleaded guilty in connection with the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik and will be sentenced April 19.

Diggs is scheduled to have a pre-trial on April 30.

Jerome Diggs is charged in connection with the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik, owners of Mr. Cars II on East 185th Street.
Jerome Diggs is charged in connection with the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik, owners of Mr. Cars II on East 185th Street.

McAlpin’s trial is being heard in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan.

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