The brother accused of shooting his 16 and 17-year-old sisters to death last month was indicted Monday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced.
Matthew Hayden, 22, is indicted on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated murder. If convicted of all charges, Hayden faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. His attorney has requested an emergency competency evaluation for Hayden.
He is accused of firing multiple shots at the sisters, 16-year-old Sarah and 17-year-old Elizabeth Hayden, and another teen, 17-year-old Joshua Hacker.
The sisters were pronounced dead on scene. Hacker is currently recovering at Children's Hospital.
The incident unfolded between the van – parked in the driveway – and home, located in the 3400 block of Banning Road. Several people were inside the home at the time, witnesses claimed.
“Our detectives, through much investigation yesterday, were able to determine that there’s no drugs involved in this, it doesn’t seem to be a money situation,” said Colerain Township police spokesperson Jim Love. “It seems to be totally an internal family situation, pretty much on itself.”
Love said an exact number of shots fired is unknown but it appeared Hayden reloaded the weapon in the midst of the altercation. Hayden allegedly used his own unregistered 9mm Beretta handgun, Love said.
“I can’t imagine what these families are going through. Two young women’s lives are wasted and another has been seriously injured at the hands of their brother and friend,“ Deters said.
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