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Trial begins for Abline Cannon in Lorain homicide

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    Abline Cannon listens to opening statements Monday during the first day of his murder trial in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

    SCOTT MAHONEY / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — Abline Cannon kicked in the door of David Barriero’s apartment during a 2016 home invasion with the intent to commit a robbery and ended up killing Barriero in a shootout, according to prosecutors.

The jury trial of Cannon, 38, of Cleveland, began Monday afternoon with opening statements before county Common Pleas Judge Chris Cook.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said that while there were others involved in the incident, Cannon “played a starring role” in the slaying of 23-year-old Barriero.

“He was participating from the very beginning in kicking in the door and entering the apartment,” Cillo said. “He was an active participant in holding Daniel Barriero at gunpoint and pistol whipping him. He was intricately involved in David Barriero being shot multiple times and dying on his bedroom floor.”

Police said officers were sent to Barriero’s Shore Drive apartment after they received a call reporting loud banging and gunshots Dec. 10, 2016. David Barriero was found dead inside the apartment.

Police said Cannon went to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center with a gunshot in his right arm that detectives suspect came during the encounter with Barriero. He later was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Cannon walked away from the hospital against medical advice and was sought by police for nearly a month before he was found hiding under a pile of clothes in a Kent apartment, police said.

Cillo said Cannon still has the round in his arm from the shootout with Barriero, who suffered four gunshot wounds.

Cannon’s defense attorney, James Burge, however said Cannon wasn’t shot by Barriero, and he was hit in another room in the apartment from a different gun. Burge said his client didn’t intend to commit a robbery.

“Abline Cannon went to the city of Lorain that evening to commit a crime. He was going to sell 2 ounces of heroin,” he said. “That is a very serious offense, but he did not go there to be involved in an aggravated robbery, and he did not go there to be robbed himself. The evidence will show that although Abline did have criminal intent that evening, it was not to hurt anybody. It was to make a substantial amount of money.”

Burge pointed out that his client isn’t a victim in the case, though.

“The evidence, even with these facts, will not show that Abline Cannon is a victim,” Burge said. “This is the business he chose. It’s a risky business. These are the people he chose to do business with, and the bullet in his arm is a memento from the people he chose to do business with.”

Testimony in the trial is scheduled to begin this morning.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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