Death penalty sought in shooting of grandmother

Death penalty sought in shooting of grandmother

SPRING GROVE VILLAGE (FOX19) - The man accused of shooting a woman in front of her three granddaughters could face the death penalty, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on Thursday.

Cordaro McGhee, 25, fatally shot Jean Elliot, 49, after entering her Spring Grove Village home through an unlocked door, officials said. McGhee stole a cell phone and demanded money before firing his weapon.

Elliot's 12-year-old granddaughter was also shot in the chest during the May 17 incident. She was transported to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

An 11-year-old girl called 911 and to report someone had shot her grandmother. Elliot was deceased when police arrived to the scene.

McGhee charges include two counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. He was ordered to be held without bond during an arraignment Friday.

"This is unbelievable to announce a second death penalty indictment in two days where someone unknown to the homeowners goes into a residence and kills an adult and seriously injures children in the home," said Deters. " Everyone in our community should be outraged and demand that we work together to find some solutions to this senseless violence."

Akihiko Clayton, 20, was charged Wednesday in the stabbing death of a Springdale man and the attack on four young children. Clayton allegedly forced entry into the victims' apartment on July 2.

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