Death penalty sought in murder of pregnant teen in Akron

AKRON, Ohio - The man accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old pregnant girl in Akron could be sentenced to death if convicted.

On Jan. 6, David Stoddard, 24, shot Anna Karam in the living room of an East Archwood Avenue house, police said. Her friend, 19-year-old Jessica Halman, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, but survived.

Stoddard was indicted for aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and aggravated robbery. The court documents, which were filed on Wednesday, include death penalty specifications because he allegedly committed the murder during another crime.

Other people in the house said Stoddard was looking for his ex-girlfriend and nearly killed another man, but his gun jammed. He was arrested at a hotel in Wadsworth.

Stoddard was also linked to a home invasion in Barberton in October. Police said he was robbing the house when the family's dog bit him. The pit bull mix was shot and killed, but a quick-thinking officer swabbed the dog's mouth for DNA.

Barberton police were notified of the DNA match in early December and tried to track down Stoddard at his 14 th Street home. Officers weren't able to locate him then and no warrant was issued for his arrest.

Charges from both crimes are included in Wednesday's nine-count indictment.

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