2 brothers indicted in fatal shooting of man, woman in Ohio

XENIA, Ohio (AP) — Two brothers accused in a double fatal shooting have each been indicted on aggravated murder and murder charges in southwestern Ohio.

Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Merrick and 24-year-old Bret Merrick also are charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault, among other counts, in the indictments filed Thursday in Greene County Common Pleas Court in Xenia (ZEEN’-yuh). Dustin Merrick also has been indicted on a count of obstructing justice.

Authorities say the brothers are accused in the slayings of 44-year-old William Brown and 63-year-old Sherri Mendenhall in Miami Township, just east of Dayton. Both were found dead Jan. 15. Mendenhall was found in a duplex driveway and Brown was inside.

Dustin Merrick’s attorney, Thomas Kollin, says his client maintains his innocence. Bret Merrick’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment.