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Death penalty possible in North Ridgeville killing

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    John L. Rowan



ELYRIA – A Cleveland man could face the death penalty after being indicted on aggravated murder charges for the April slaying of a North Ridgeville man.

John Rowan, 37, of Cleveland, was indicted on two charges of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, two counts of robbery, two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of theft and abuse of a corpse, according to the indictment release Thursday.

Rowan was arrested in October for the murder of Harold Litten, 60, of Jaycox Road. Litten was reported missing April 18 by family members and his employer when he failed to show up for work, according to police.

Detectives found Litten’s body in an outbuilding at his home, 5490 Jaycox Road, on May 26 during a prearranged search of the property after several searches of the home turned up nothing.

Rowan turned himself in to the Lake Erie Correctional Facility for an unrelated charge three days after he allegedly killed Litten and tried to cover up the homicide. He was transferred to Lorain County Jail in October and is listed as a current inmate.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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