ELYRIA — Brady Phillips has admitted to police that he was at the scene of a botched robbery Sunday that left two dead and a third man in critical condition.
But his attorney said Wednesday that Phillips, 38, denies killing anyone.
“He’s indicating that he’s innocent,” attorney Doug Merrill said.
Phillips is charged with murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery in connection with the incident that left 38-year-old Herminio Serrano, the man whom police allege was Phillips’ partner in the robbery, dead on the floor of a David Drive apartment.
The two men who lived in the apartment, David McDonough, 31, and Michael Stump, 30, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Stump, who was shot in the head, died Monday, while McDonough remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his stomach.
Elyria City Prosecutor Jay Grunda said Wednesday that police are continuing to investigate the incident that began around 10 p.m. Sunday.
McDonough called 911 to report what he called a home invasion and said he and Stump had fought off the robbers, one of whom, he said, was killed in the struggle.
Police have said Serrano shot Stump and McDonough. McDonough fired the six shots that killed Serrano.
Phillips, who wasn’t shot, fled the apartment and was arrested a day later near his Elyria home. Police also have been talking with other people who were at the apartment near the time of the robbery.
He was supposed to have a preliminary hearing on the charges against him Wednesday, but agreed to delay the hearing until Jan. 7. He remains in the Lorain County Jail without bond.
Grunda said police continue to sift through evidence gathered from the apartment. Police have reported taking two guns, two safes, bullets and unidentified prescription drugs from the apartment.
No one else has been charged in connection with the shootout, but Grunda has said that Phillips could face the death penalty in the case.
Women who knew Stump have said that although he was trying to turn his life around, he was selling prescription painkillers to make ends meet while he looked for a job.
Stump and McDonough both have criminal records involving drugs. Serrano, who was originally from New Jersey but living in Lorain, and Phillips also both have criminal records.
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