ELYRIA — A jury found Abline Cannon guilty of the aggravated murder of David Barreiro after deliberations that stretched across parts of three days.
Cannon, 38, of Cleveland, was found guilty on 13 of 14 counts, which included aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, robbery and tampering with evidence. The jury found Cannon not guilty on one count of murder, which pertained to one of many theories on the crimes put forward by the prosecution.
The jury also found Cannon guilty of all the specifications attached to the counts, except for those attached to the count for which he was found not guilty.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the murder count the jury found Cannon not guilty of said the defendant had purposely caused the death of Barreiro. Will said he wasn’t sure why the jury made its decision that way since the aggravated murder count also said Cannon purposely caused the death of Barreiro.
“Why they chose to find him not guilty on the one count of murder, I don’t know,” Will said. “You can never put yourself in the mind of the jury. We’ve seen this happen before.”
The jury reached a verdict about 10:30 Wednesday morning. It had started deliberating about 3 p.m. Monday, continued through Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.
There was a significant police presence in the courtroom when the verdict was read, including four or five Lorain County sheriff’s deputies and several Lorain police officers who were involved in the investigation of the case. The deputies were in the courtroom after the twin brother of the victim, Daniel Barreiro, jumped over a railing during the trial and attempted to assault Cannon. Sesa Barreiro-Patterson, the mother of the twins, also climbed over the railing when she saw her son being restrained by deputies.
Days later, while Cannon was on the stand, a man believed to be a member of Cannon’s family stood up and shouted for the defendant to not let the prosecutor put words in his mouth. Judge Chris Cook had the man removed from the courthouse.
Cook also barred Daniel Barreiro and Barreiro-
Patterson from being in the courthouse for the duration of the trial after releasing them from jail on contempt-of-court charges. Cook had said Barreiro-Patterson could attend the rendering of the verdict, but she was not in the courtroom Wednesday.
Daniel Barreiro will be allowed to be in the courtroom during the sentencing of Cannon to give a victim impact statement. Cannon is set to be sentenced this afternoon by Cook.
Cannon was accused of killing David Barreiro during a home invasion that took place in the victim’s Shore Drive apartment in Lorain in December 2016. Prosecutors said Cannon and another man kicked the door of the apartment in with the intention of robbing David Barreiro, who was a known heroin dealer.
Barreiro was found dead in his bedroom with four gunshot wounds. Testimony during the trial said that 11 shots were fired during the shootout that left the victim dead and Cannon with a bullet in his arm.
Cannon said he had been invited to the apartment by the Barreiro twins to discuss a possible sale of 2 ounces of uncut heroin. While they were discussing the drug deal, two other men entered and got into the shootout, Cannon testified.
Lorain Police Detective Brian Denman said the department was happy with the verdict, and that “it was a huge team effort putting this whole thing together.” Still, he said it was a sad day.
“Nobody wins,” he said. “Two families are now ruined, and for what? It was a senseless act.”
Cannon faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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