XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A Greene County grand jury will now consider charges against two brothers accused in a double homicide near Yellow Springs.
Dustin Merrick, 25, is being held on two counts of aggravated murder.
His brother, Bret Merrick, is being held on on two counts of complicity to aggravated murder, two counts of complicity to aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
The two brothers appeared for a hearing Thursday in Xenia. They’re being held at the Greene County Jail.
The two are accused in the shooting deaths of Sherri Mendenhall and William “Skip” Brown in Yellow Springs.
The state brought in two Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab experts to present evidence that lead to the indictments.
First, Mathew White, BCI Ballistics Expert, said cartridges found at the scene were examined at the microscopic level and after comparing test cartridges from the gun found on Dustin Merrick with the cartridges found at the scene, he confirmed they matched.
The state provided a second expert, Tim Augsback who tested DNA swabs and ran them against cartridges found at the crime scene.
“Dustin Merrick’s DNA was imputed as the major contributor. Based on the national database provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the frequency of occurrence of the DNA profile was rarer than 1 and 1-trillion unrelated individuals,” Augsback said.
Municipal Court Judge Michael Murry said of the evidence, “The court does find the state of Ohio has established that probable cause does exist for the elements of both counts of aggravated murder. And that the defendant, probable cause that the defendant Dustin Merrick committed those two felony offenses.”
Both Dustin and Bret Merrick had their bonds raised to $5 million.
On Jan 15. a jogger noticed Mendenhall’s body in the driveway of the home and ran to a nearby house and asked to use a phone. That’s when the jogger called 911, describing to dispatchers what she saw.
Investigators believe Mendenhall’s body was laying there for roughly a few hours before she was discovered.
During a previous press conference, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine applauded modern forensics and ‘good old-fashioned’ police work to finding the suspects. Sheriff Fischer said there was evidence of forced entry into Mendenhall’s apartment.