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Campbell shooting suspect to plead insanity

Published: Fri, August 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


A man accused of shooting four people inside a Seventh Street home in Campbell last month is prepared to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

In papers filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Thursday, lawyers for Devin Spann told Judge R. Scott Krichbaum that they will file more motions supporting their plea later, but they were serving notice in writing as required by law.

Spann was arraigned on four counts of felonious assault and eight counts of aggravated arson Tuesday and his case was assigned to Judge Krichbaum.

Spann is accused of shooting Roland Avis, 62; Mary Lynette Spann, 43; and Carmen Figueroa, 24; in their upper torsos. Gerald Robinson, 29, was shot in the forearm. They were all treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Spann was also treated there for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police also accuse Spann of setting a mattress on fire in the home during the shootings. At the time of the shootings and fire, there were three children, age 3, 6 and 8, inside the home, but they were not injured. They were crying over the victims when they were found, reports said.

Spann was found a short distance away from the home by an officer who was responding to the shooting.

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