Daughter, Friend Face Death Penalty in S. Euclid Double Murder

Published: Aug. 13, 2007 at 5:38 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2007 at 9:18 PM EDT
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Cleveland, OH - The woman accused of murdering her father and live-in girlfriend has been indicted.

Tabitha Messina and Carlos Christopher were each indicted on 12 counts: four counts of Aggravated Murder, with Mass Murder and Felony Murder specifications; four counts of Aggravated Robbery; and four counts of Aggravated Burglary charges.

Police say Messina and Christopher bludgeoned Richard Messina and Sandra Cover with blunt objects inside Richard Messina's home on July 29th.

The couple then fled the scene - and were later arrested in North Carolina.

Prosecutor Bill Mason said, "This horrific crime shows all the signs of a deliberate, purposeful killing. They broke into the house in the middle of the night and butchered these two victims with an axe in their bedroom. Now they face the death penalty."