2 arrested, 2 charged in double homicide at burning house

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Akron have charged four people in connection to the shooting deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a burning house last month.

Steven Hayes, 20, and Kianna Buckley, 42, were arrested on Wednesday and face charges related to the murders of Justin Lee Walker and Melinda Kay Pointer, the Akron police said in a statement.

Hayes is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, and Buckley with robbery and conspiracy to commit murder. Both are in custody in the Summit County jail.

Firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the morning of July 28 and found inside the bodies of Walker and Pointer with bullet wounds to their heads and torsos, Cleveland.com reported.

Walker, 34, was the son-in-law of Pointer, 47. Family members remembered Walker in online posts as having operated a wing restaurant in Akron and talked about Pointer’s wit and intelligence.

Police are looking for two other suspects: Dylan Brown, 20, and Gia Alexis Hernandez, 37.

Brown is charged with complicity to commit aggravated murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, the police said. In October, he was sentenced to five years probation having plead guilty to charges related to the murder of an 18-year-old Akron woman, Samantha Guthrie.

Hernandez is facing charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

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