Four men found dead in Bucyrus beaten, strangled
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:14:14 GMT —
BUCYRUS, Ohio -- A coroner says four men who were found dead in separate homes in Bucyrus this week were beaten, strangled or both.
Crawford County Coroner Dr. Michael Johnson 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 Donald Hoffman with four counts of aggravated murder in the slayings. The 41-year-old man was ordered held on $10 million bond, the highest ever set by Thursday's presiding judge.
The four victims, Freelin Hensley, Bill Jack Chatman, Gerald Smith, and Daryl Lewis, were all found dead in separate homes this week in Bucyrus, a small town about 80 miles southeast of Toledo.
Police haven't released details of how Hoffman knew the men or a possible motive. However, the suspect lives at the same address where Smith's body was found on Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Hoffman has a long record including domestic violence, assault, menacing, theft and burglary, all within Marion County.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)