CUYAHOGA FALLS — Police have declined to state the motive for the alleged murder of a Cuyahoga Falls man, whom police say was shot and killed Aug. 2 by his daughter’s grandfather.
Edward Piechowiak Jr., 65, of Maple Heights in Cuyahoga County, is charged with aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony in the shooting death of Kevin Tiearney, 32.
Piechowiak’s daughter and Tiearney had a prior relationship that produced a child, but Tiearney was engaged to be married to another woman at the time of his death, family and friends said.
He was arrested Thursday, Aug. 10, by Cuyahoga Falls police and arraigned Friday morning in Stow Municipal Court, records show. Bond information was not immediately available.
Police investigated, and identified Piechowiak as a suspect. Falls police Capt. Steve Guldeman said Friday that arrangements were made with Piechowiak’s attorney to turn himself in Thursday.
He was arrested without incident and booked at the Summit County jail.
Piechowiak also led police officers to the hidden location of the weapon allegedly used in the crime, Guldeman said. He declined to say what caliber the gun was or discuss a possible motive for Tiearney’s killing.
Neighbors had called 911 that morning after they reported hearing gunshots. Tiearney was found shot in the back inside his apartment, and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died. His death was ruled a homicide by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
There were no signs of forced entry at Tiearney's apartment at the Water’s Edge complex at 4260 Americana Drive, off Wyoga Lake Road. That led police to believe he knew his killer, Guldeman previously said.
Tiearney was a 2003 graduate of Nordonia High School.
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