Cuyahoga County

Two indicted for murder of teen girl they feared might testify


Two Cleveland men have been indicted for the execution-style killing of a 17-year-old girl they had recruited to help them rob a bank just days before her murder, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Kiechaun Newell, 19, and Jeffrey Doss, 22, were charged by the Grand Jury Tuesday in a 14-count indictment that includes Aggravated Murder, Murder, Kidnapping, Felonious Assault, Conspiracy, Robbery, Theft and Having Weapons Under Disability.

The indictment charges that Doss ordered Newell to kill the Cleveland teenager who had been with the two men when they robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Northfield Village on August 15. Surveillance cameras captured images of Doss and the girl during the hold-up and were circulated to news organizations as investigators hunted for the robbers.

The Conspiracy count in the indictment charges that Doss wanted the teenager dead because he feared “he would be implicated in the bank robbery.” On August 19, she was found shot to death in a vacant lot in East Cleveland.

Three juveniles who participated in the crime have been charged in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Investigative work on the bank robbery and the murder was conducted by the East Cleveland and Northfield Village Police Departments, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI. All of the suspects were arrested within days of one another beginning August 30.

“This is a particularly shocking and depraved crime,” said Prosecutor McGinty. “First, these gang members gutlessly recruited a young girl to do the bank robbery they didn’t have the nerve to do themselves. Then, after their half-baked plot landed their pictures on television, they picked up the girl at her home and executed her so she couldn’t be a witness against them.”

Doss and Newell are in Cuyahoga County Jail. Each has a $1 million bond set by East Cleveland Municipal Court during their initial appearance.

Read the indictment here.

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