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Akron man found guilty of murder, faces possible life sentence

His father also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to hide the car used in the crime.
Credit: Summit County Sheriff's Office

AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County jury on Tuesday found an Akron man guilty of murder in the 2020 shooting death of a 20-year-old man.

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh confirmed jurors also convicted Melvin Terry, 22, of felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Firearm specifications were tacked on to the two violent crimes.

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City officials say Terry fired 12 gunshots at Noah Kinney back on Jan. 8, 2020, while Kinney was sitting with Terry in the latter's car. Kinney attempted to run away toward his own vehicle, but was hit three times and died at the scene on Noah Avenue. A passenger in Kinney's auto was also grazed in the forearm by a stray bullet.

Terry eventually turned himself in, and police later discovered his father, Melvin III, had taken his son's car to be repaired so investigators would not notice the bullet holes. The vehicle was later located using OnStar technology, and the elder Terry ended up pleading guilty to obstruction of justice last week.

Melvin Terry IV is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. for Kinney's murder. He faces up to life in prison.

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