George C. Brinkman
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George C. Brinkman, a former Medina resident accused of killing three women in North Royalton and a couple in Stark County, appeared to be holding back tears Thursday morning as Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy P. Gilligan read through a series of murder charges against him in Cuyahoga County.
Brinkman, 45, is charged with three counts of aggravated murder and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, in the deaths of Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, Taylor Pifer and Kylie Pifer. Their bodies were found Sunday in their North Royalton home.
According to documents Gilligan read in court, Brinkman allegedly slit 45-year-old Taylor’s throat with a knife and removed the weapon from the scene. He is accused of strangling Kylie Pifer, 18, with a telephone cord, and smothering Taylor Pifer, 21.
Brinkman was represented Thursday by two court-appointed attorneys.
Gilligan said the case will come before a Cuyahoga County grand jury. Brinkman could face the death penalty if he’s indicted on the aggravated murder charges and is found guilty.
Brinkman also was charged Tuesday in Stark County in the deaths of 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John whose bodies were found in their Lake Township home Monday.
No official cause of death has been released, but police said the Johns apparently were shot.
Officials said it has not been determined when Brinkman might be transferred to appear in a Stark County court on the charges.
Brinkman is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $75 million bond set by Gilligan.
Brinkman was arrested early Tuesday morning after an overnight standoff in Brunswick at a home on Valley Forge Drive.
Brinkman has prior convictions in Cuyahoga County for receiving stolen property and unauthorized access to a computer system. Court records do not show any convictions in Medina or Stark counties.
Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.