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Convicted serial killer sentenced to death in second serial murder case

Posted: 1:36 PM, Oct 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-03 13:36:11-04
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CANTON, Ohio — George Brinkman, 47, a convicted serial killer already sitting on death row, was sentenced to death in a Stark County court Thursday for murdering a Lake Township couple in 2017.

Brinkman's first death sentence was handed down last December for the murders of a North Royalton mother and her two daughters.

On June 11, 2017, a family member found the bodies of Suzanne Taylor, 45; Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18.

According to authorities, Brinkman cut the mother's throat, smothered one daughter to death with a pillow and strangled the other daughter with a phone cord.

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Brinkman was in court Thursday on charges relating to the slayings of Rogell Eugene John II, 71, and Roberta Ray John, 64.

According to authorities, Brinkman knew the John family and was house-sitting for them while the two were on vacation, then shot and killed the couple when they returned home.

Their bodies were discovered on June 12, 2017, just a day after the North Royalton family was killed, according to authorities.

Brinkman was arrested June 13 following a standoff at a house in Brunswick.

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