PARMA, Ohio -- His right arm was wrapped in a cast and he cried as the judge read through the series of charges against him.
Thursday morning marked the first court appearance for 45-year-old George Brinkman, the man accused of killing five people in Cuyahoga and Stark counties.
The judge set bond at $75 million.
Brinkman kept his head and eyes lowered throughout most of the court hearing.
The charges come after three victims were found dead Sunday at their home in North Royalton under a sheet in the master bedroom.
Then on Monday, authorities found two people dead in their bed at a home in Lake Township.
The North Royalton victims have been identified as 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her two college-aged daughters, Taylor and Kylie Pifer. The Lake Township victims are Rogell and Roberta John.
During Thursday morning's court hearing, more details were revealed in the North Royalton murders:
- Brinkman allegedly slit Suzanne Taylor's throat.
- Brinkman allegedly killed 18-year-old Kylie Pifer by using a telephone cord to strangle her.
- Brinkman allegedly smothered 21-year-old Taylor Pifer to death.
Vigils were held in both communities Wednesday.
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