Prosecutor: Ohioan in W.Va. indicted in 3 deaths

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Posted: Apr 12, 2011 7:50 PM
Prosecutor: Ohioan in W.Va. indicted in 3 deaths

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man who prosecutors say has offered to plead guilty to all counts in the killing of his girlfriend's adult daughter and an elderly couple in exchange for life in prison with no chance for parole.

Samuel K. Littleton II was indicted by a Logan County grand jury on six counts _ three each of aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse _ in the slayings of Tiffany Brown and Richard and Gladis Russell, county prosecutor Gerald Heaton said in a statement.

The defense proposed the plea deal for the 37-year-old Littleton that excludes the death penalty. Prosecutors said they met Monday with the victims' families, who unanimously favored the deal.

"They know nothing will bring their loved ones back, not even death for Mr. Littleton," Heaton said. "And they will rest easier with him being in prison for the rest of his life, thinking about what he did every day."

The elderly couple's niece echoed the prosecutor's statement.

"We all seemed to think it would be the best and fastest way to get justice," Susan Coder told the Bellefontaine Examiner.

Littleton's attorney didn't immediately return messages.

Brown, 26, was stabbed Feb. 11, and her body was found in the basement of the Bellefontaine home that Littleton bought from the Russells in western Ohio, authorities said. Authorities believe Littleton killed the Russells Feb. 16 at their rural Lewiston home, took their car and dump their bodies.

The body of Richard Russell, 84, was found in Tennessee, and his 85-year-old wife's body was found in Georgia. Their car was found in West Virginia, where Littleton has been held since his Feb. 23 arrest.

Littleton is expected to waive extradition Wednesday and be brought back to Ohio, where he is expected to enter the pleas Thursday in Logan County Common Pleas Court, Heaton said.