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CLEVELAND (AP) — A man accused of killing four people including his ex-girlfriend and their 6-year-old son pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder Friday.
Armond Johnson Sr., 26, appeared in court for the first time since his arrest on Tuesday. He is being held on a $5 million bail.
Authorities said in a court document that he first shot his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Takeyra Collins, in her bedroom either late Monday or early Tuesday.
Johnson then started a fire to cover up the killing and left. But he returned shortly afterward and confronted a neighbor returning to his home behind where Collins lived, according to the document.
He shot the neighbor, 35-year-old David Cousin Jr., who investigators think just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said.
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Officers later on Tuesday found the bodies of the two children, 6-year-old Armond Johnson Jr. and his sister, 2-year-old Aubree Stone. Autopsies showed they died of smoke inhalation.
A message seeking comment was left with Johnson’s attorney.
Court records show Johnson was accused of attacking Collins in 2013 at her home. A judge granted a protection order barring him from being near her, WJW-TV reported.
Collins told police she broke up with Johnson a month before he attacked her in 2013 because she said he had attacked her many times before.
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