Convicted serial killer gets death penalty again, this time in Stark County for additional victims

Convicted serial killer gets death penalty again, this time in Stark County for additional victims
George Brinkman during his June 15 arraignment

CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - In Stark County Common Pleas Court a three judge panel decided on the death penalty Thursday for the convicted serial killer who murdered a Lake Township couple.

George Brinkman pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murders of Rogell Eugene John, 71, and his wife Roberta Ray John, 64.

The couple was found dead inside their Lake Township, Stark County home on June 12, 2017. Their son found the bodies the next day.

Brinkman will be formally sentenced on Friday at 8:15 a.m.

In December of 2018, Brinkman was sentenced to death in Cuyahoga County after being convicted of murdering Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her two daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18.

 Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her two daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18, were murdered inside their North Royalton home in June 2017.
Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her two daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18, were murdered inside their North Royalton home in June 2017.

Brinkman killed them inside their North Royalton home on June 10, 2017.

North Royalton police said Suzanne was stabbed and had her throat slit in front of her daughters.

Taylor was smothered with a pillow and Kylie was strangled with a phone cord.

Brinkman had known Suzanne since elementary school.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors said after the murders in North Royalton, Brinkman drove to Stark County and killed Rogell and Roberta.

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