$5M bond retained for Ohio man accused of murdering 4

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An Ohio judge has retained the $5 million bond set earlier for a man accused of having shot and killed his father, sister and nephew as well as another man and critically wounding an 8-year-old girl in Cleveland earlier this month.

Forty-one-year-old Martin Muniz pleaded not guilty through a public defender Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to multiple counts of aggravated murder as well as attempted murder, assault and other charges in the Jan. 13 slayings.

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Cleveland.com reports that Muniz, appearing at the arraignment by video from county jail, laughed when a victim’s advocate told the judge that the surviving members of his family could not make it to the hearing and “never want to see him again.”

An Ohio court upheld a $5 million bond previously set for accused mass murderer Martin Muniz.

An Ohio court upheld a $5 million bond previously set for accused mass murderer Martin Muniz.
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Cleveland police alleged in a criminal affidavit that Muniz shot each of the victims in the head in a different room in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood home a few miles southwest of downtown, then flagged down a police cruiser and directed officers to the scene.

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The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified three people pronounced dead at the scene as 69-year-old Miguel Gonzalez, the defendant’s father; 34-year-old Angelic Gonzalez, his sister; and her 16-year-old son Jayden Baez. A 48-year-old man later died at a hospital and his 8-year-old daughter was critically wounded.

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Prosecutors and the family asked Judge Sherrie Miday to keep the $5 million bond set earlier by a Cleveland municipal judge, which she did. Miday also kept in place an order barring the defendant from contacting the child, who authorities said is recovering in a hospital. A message seeking comment was left for Muniz’s attorney.



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