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AKRON, Ohio -- A jury is continuing deliberations in the death-penalty case of a man charged in the slayings of four people in an Akron townhome last year.

Charges against 22-year-old Derrick Brantley include aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The jury in Akron continues discussions Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the April 2013 slayings of the young adults at the townhome had their roots in the state's growing heroin epidemic. All four were shot in the head during what prosecutors say was a drug-related robbery.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1hHUQVr) reports that Brantley's attorney, in his closing argument, questioned the credibility of witnesses and noted that no physical evidence ties Brantley to the scene.

Brantley's co-defendant, 22-year-old Deshanon Haywood, is set for trial July 2.

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

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