$75M bond set for Ohio man accused of killing 5 people

This undated photo provided by North Royalton Police Department shows George Brinkman Jr. Police in the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton Brinkman was charged Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in the deaths of a mother and her two college-age daughters. Brinkman was charged Tuesday with murder in the slayings of his employers, Rogell Eugene John and Roberta Ray John. (North Royalton Police Department via AP)

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with killing five people kept his head bowed and wiped away tears Thursday during a court appearance where a judge set a $75 million bond on aggravated murder charges in the deaths of a mother and her two college-age daughters.

George Brinkman Jr. didn’t enter a plea during the brief appearance in Parma Municipal Court. He was charged Wednesday in the deaths of Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer. Their bodies were found Sunday at their home in North Royalton, a suburb about a half-hour’s drive south of Cleveland.

Judge Timothy Gilligan read the charges aloud, revealing that Suzanne Taylor’s throat was slit, Kylie Pifer was strangled with a phone cord and Taylor Pifer was smothered. A North Royalton police detective has said all three women were found facedown on a bed.

The case was sent to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court where a grand jury will consider whether to indict Brinkman and he will be appointed attorneys.

Brinkman was charged Tuesday in Stark County with two counts of murder in the deaths of 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John at the couple’s home in Lake Township near Canton. Investigators have said Brinkman was watching the Johns’ house while they were on vacation. Their bodies were found Monday.

Suzanne Taylor’s mother told WJW-TV that Brinkman and her daughter graduated from high school together and were longtime friends, but had never been romantically involved.

“We had meals together. He spent holidays here,” Marcia Taylor said. “I mean, he was a friend. So I don’t know what made him so angry.”

Kylie Taylor attended Bowling Green State University, and Taylor attended Kent State.

Police and federal agents arrested Brinkman at a friend’s home early Tuesday after a nine-hour standoff.

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