TWINSBURG — A Post Road man and the Aurora man that he is charged with fatally shooting on St. Patrick’s Day were "family friends" who worked together, according to the accused killer’s attorney.
Attorney Noah Munyer said he did not have additional information about the relationship that his client, 67-year-old Mark R. Sanders had with Michael P. Davis.
"It’s too early to comment, but [Sanders] has family support and we’re going to try and work out what happened," said Munyer.
Sanders is charged with first-degree felony murder and first-degree misdemeanor using a weapon while intoxicated.
According to a police news release, police responded to a report of a shooting at Sanders’ home at 2607 Post Road at a little after 9 p.m. March 17. Police said Sanders was ordered out of the home and taken into custody without incident and they found Davis, who had been visiting the home, unresponsive in a rear "three seasons room." Police started CPR on Davis and then Twinsburg EMS took him to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg where he was pronounced dead.
Jason Grom, an investigator with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Monday that Davis died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death has been ruled a homicide.
Assistant Police Chief Bob Gonsiewski said Monday that a neighbor reported the shooting to police. He said police were not releasing any additional information.
Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates ordered Monday morning that Sanders’ case be sent to a grand jury, said Traci Cirullo, Coates’ bailiff.
According to court records, Sanders entered a felony no plea to the murder charge and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor at his March 18 arraignment. He is being held in Summit County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
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