CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Two brothers accused in the deadly shootings of a security guard and a bar patron were arraigned on Wednesday, following a court delay earlier in the week.
There was nothing but an eerie silence, as 27-year-old Juan Perez, accused of shooting and killing two men at a Parma bar, entered the courtroom to face the judge. Perez continued to remain silent, not answering a judge, when asked if he’d hired a lawyer.
Perez faces two counts of aggravated murder, according to Parma Municipal Court records. His brother, 30-year-old Luis Candelario, is charged with two counts of complicity to aggravated murder.
According to Parma police, the shooting happened early Saturday at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill on Pearl Road. Police say Perez pulled out an AR-15 and shot a bar patron walking through the parking lot. They say a bouncer quickly reacted, pulling out a gun and fired back, hitting Perez.
The bouncer, 27-year-old Tim Cruz, was also a Cuyahoga County corrections officer and had a permit for the gun.
Police say Cruz was then also shot by Perez. Cruz and the bar patron, 29-year-old Sean Acierno, died at the scene.
Meanwhile, police say Candelario drove Perez from the scene.
Detectives identified Perez and Candelario as suspects and arrested them both before noon on Saturday.
Even though only Perez was charged with the act of aggravated murder, both men are eligible for the death penalty because, per Ohio law, Candelario did nothing to stop the fatal shootings.
A judge ordered both men remain in jail without bond. Candelario waived his preliminary hearing. Perez is scheduled to next appear in court on March 24.