Man Indicted in Slayings of 3 People in Ross County

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A man who authorities say killed three people in early February has been indicted in southern Ohio on charges that could result in a death sentence if convicted.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports 39-year-old James Rinehart Jr. was indicted Friday in Ross County on charges that include aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and rape.

Rinehart is accused of fatally shooting 46-year-old Leann Potts, 63-year-old Thomas Littler and 50-year-old Rick Adams. Potts and Littler were found shot to death in their home. Adams, who is Potts’ brother, and a woman were shot inside Adams’ home. Adams later died at a hospital. The woman was critically injured but survived.

Ross County Prosecutor Jeff Marks says it’s “hard to tell” why they were shot.

Online court records don’t indicate whether Rinehart has an attorney.