CLEVELAND — The man accused in the slayings of two children, their mother and another man in Slavic Village earlier this month was arraigned Thursday morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The suspect, Armond A. Johnson, 26, pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of aggravated arson, kidnapping, two counts of endangering children, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. He is scheduled to appear in court for the homicide case on July 30.
In addition to the charges relating to the Slavic Village homicide case, Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges in an unrelated robbery. He’s facing charges of aggravated robbery, abduction, grand theft, two counts of aggravated theft and having weapons under disability.
Johnson is currently being held in custody without bond in the homicide case and in lieu of a $250,000 bond in the robbery case. He is scheduled to appear in court for the robbery case on July 31.
Johnson was arrested July 9 at the scene of the crime. The day prior, police responded to the 3700 block for a man shot. When they arrived, officers found the body of 35-year-old David Cousin Jr. in an empty lot adjacent to a home where the bodies of Takeyra Collins, 25, and her two children—Aubree Stone, 2, and Armond Johnson Jr., 6, were found inside.
According to authorities, 6-year-old Armond Johnson Jr., was the son of the suspect.