Judge accepts Spann's insanity plea

Staff report


A judge from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court accepted a not guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea by a man accused of shooting four family members and trying to burn down their Campbell home.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum also ordered that an evaluation be completed within 30 days on Devin Spann, 24, to see if he is competent to stand trial. He issued that order Tuesday.

Spann’s attorney, Edward Hartwig, entered the written plea last week for the July 20 shooting at a Seventh Street home that wounded Roland Avis, 62; Mary Lynette Spann, 43; and Carmen Figueroa, 24; in their upper torsos. Gerald Robinson, 29, was shot in the forearm.

Spann also had shot himself and was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center along with the other four. He also is accused of setting fire to the home while there were children inside. The children were uninjured.

He faces four counts of felonious assault and eight counts of aggravated assault.

Family members said in the days before the shootings Spann had acted strange and had threatened to kill everyone inside the home.

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