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BUCYRUS -- A coroner says the four men who were found dead in separate homes in an Ohio city this week were beaten, strangled or both.

Dr. Michael Johnson, the coroner in Crawford County, said Thursday that two of the victims were strangled with a cord and beaten in the head.

One of the victims died as the result of strangulation. The fourth died from a beating.

Prosecutors charged 41-year-old Donald Hoffman with four counts of aggravated murder in the slayings in Bucyrus (byoo-SY'-rus), about 65 miles north of Columbus.

Police haven't released details of how Hoffman knew the men or a possible motive.

A judge appointed a lawyer for Hoffman. A message left for the attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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