XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — The two brothers accused of murdering two people in Yellow Springs entered pleas Wednesday morning.
The pleas were entered in Judge Michael Buckwalter’s courtroom, the Xenia Gazette reports.
According to the Xenia Gazette, Bret Merrick pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter with a firearms specification.
Dustin Merrick was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus six years for firearms specifications. His brother, Bret Merrick, received 25 years in prison with credit for time served.
The brothers are accused of allegedly shooting and killing 44-year-old William “Skip” Brown inside his home in Yellow Springs. They’re also accused of fatally shooting 63-year-old Sherri Mendenhall outside that same house. The deadly shootings happened in January of 2017.
Jury selection began last week for Dustin Merrick. That process was expected to take at least two weeks, with the trial to follow.
Bret Merrick’s trial date was scheduled for October.
Dustin Merrick is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, and obstructing justice. He is facing the death penalty.
Bret Merrick is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
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