Cuyahoga County

Darlell Orr sentenced to life without parole in 2011 murder

November 27, 2013

Cleveland – A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge today sentenced Darlell Orr to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murder of a Cleveland man during a 2011 home invasion, County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

Judge Peter J. Corrigan imposed the sentence. On September 18, following a lengthy bench trial, Judge Corrigan had found Orr, 34, of Warrensville Heights, guilty on two counts of Aggravated Murder and one count each of Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery and Having Weapons While Under Disability.

At trial, the State of Ohio proved that on the morning of October 10, 2011, Orr and an accomplice were armed with guns when they broke into the Cleveland home of Peter Nelson Jr. Orr and Nelson began fighting, and during the struggle, Orr lost a ski mask and a cell phone that evidence showed to be his.

When Nelson began to go up the stairs to check on his three children, Orr called to his still-unidentified accomplice who fatally shot Nelson in the head. Orr and the other man then fled the home on West 97th Street. DNA found at the crime scene led to Orr’s arrest on March 12, 2012.

At the time of the murder, Orr had been out of prison for less than a week after completing a sentence on burglary-related charges. He has spent most of his adult life in jail, and Repeat Violent Offender specifications were attached to three of the felony counts in Judge Corrigan’s verdict.

Assistant County Prosecutors Brent Kirvel and Edward Fadel prosecuted the case for the State of Ohio.

“Darlell Orr is a hard-core, manipulative sociopath of the highest order,” Kirvel said. “He is precisely the reason why prisons exist.”

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488 or Cell: (216) 640-6186

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