He's accused of killing five people in two counties.

A man accused of killing five people, including a Lake Township couple, in 2017 is now facing the death penalty in two counties.

George C. Brinkman, 46, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Stark County on two counts of aggravated murder, a charge that carries a possible death sentence. Brinkman, who's last known address was in North Canton, was also indicted on counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

Stark County will try Brinkman after proceedings wrap up in Cuyahoga County courts, a process that could take a few more weeks.

Brinkman is accused of killing Rogell “Gene” John, 71, and Roberta “Bobbi” John, 64. The couple was shot to death in their Lake Township home on June 12, 2017. Brinkman had been housesitting for the couple.

The Johns were killed less than a day after Brinkman killed three women in North Royalton. Brinkman was arrested a few days later in North Royalton following a standoff with police.

Brinkman pleaded guilty Friday in Cuyahoga County to aggravated murder charges for killing Suzanne Taylor, 42, and her daughters Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18. According to Cleveland.com, a three-judge panel accepted Brinkman's plea.

Brinkman waived his right to a jury trial. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Peter J. Corrigan, Michael Shaughnessy and Timothy McCormick will now examine evidence and decide if Brinkman should be put to death or spend life in prison.

Once Brinkman is sentenced in Cuyahoga County, Stark County will take custody and move forward with its case, said Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Dennis Barr.

Brinkman could decide to face a jury or, as in Cuyahoga County, a panel of judges, Barr said.

If Brinkman is spared the death penalty in Cuyahoga County, he could still be sentenced to death in Stark County, Barr said.

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