Man Pleads Not Guilty in 2 Slayings in Ohio in the 1970s< < Back to
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A man charged with murder in the slayings of two women in Ohio in the 1970s has pleaded not guilty.
Seventy-five-year-old Gustave Sapharas pleaded not guilty Monday in Akron to charges including aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and attempted rape. He’s charged in the stabbing deaths of 18-year-old Louise Bentz in 1970 and 21-year-old Loretta Jean Davis in 1975 in the Akron suburb of Tallmadge.
A judge set Sapharas’ bond at $5 million.
Authorities haven’t provided details on what led police to arrest Sapharas this month in the two cold cases.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Sapharas was convicted of raping a Cuyahoga Falls woman in the 1970s and acquitted last year in Licking County in a Columbus woman’s 1991 slaying.
A message seeking comment was left for Sapharas’ attorney.