Jury deliberating fate of Ohio man who killed 4

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A jury is deciding whether to recommend the death penalty for a 22-year-old man convicted of killing four people in a northeast Ohio townhome last year.

The jury in Akron began deliberations Thursday after hearing four days of testimony for and against the death penalty for Derrick Brantley. Jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison.

The same jury convicted Brantley of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults that prosecutors said had roots in the state's growing heroin epidemic. All four were shot in the head during a drug-related robbery.

Brantley did not testify during the sentencing hearing.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1jCIr0a ) reports that the jury will continue deliberations on Friday morning after more than six hours of discussions on Thursday afternoon.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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