Jury: Akron man guilty of murdering girlfriend who was hiding from him

2:49 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh said a jury has found Dawud Spaulding, 30, of Akron, guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, with a specification for killing two or more people; attempted murder, felonious assault, domestic violence; having weapons while under disability; intimidation of a crime victim; and violating a protection order.

The mitigation phase, during which the jury determines whether Spaulding should be sentenced to death, is scheduled to begin Dec. 4.

Erica Singleton, Spaulding's girlfriend and mother of his seven-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, had filed for a civil protection order and was in hiding from Spaulding when he murdered her.

Spaulding had discovered where Singleton was staying and drove by the house on the morning of Dec. 15, shooting and paralyzing Patrick Griffin, who was leaving the home.

Later that morning, Spaulding returned to the home and shot and killed Singleton and Ernie Thomas, Griffin's uncle, in the driveway.

Because the jury found Spaulding guilty of the specification for murdering two people, Spaulding faces the death penalty.

"This was a brutal, calculated shooting spree that left two people dead and a third near death, and it illustrates the seriousness of domestic violence," said Walsh.

"I thank the jury and everyone who worked on this very difficult case for ensuring justice for Erica, Ernie and Patrick."



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