Sunday, September 9 2012 10:48 PM EDT2012-09-10 02:48:55 GMT
SANDUSKY, OH (Toledo News Now) - A memorial has been set up at the house in Sandusky where three homicide victims lived. Police are being tight lipped about the case, only saying leads are being pursued. TheMore >>
A memorial has been set up at the house in Sandusky where three homicide victims lived. Police are being tight lipped about the case, only saying leads are being pursued.More >>
SANDUSKY, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Family and friends said goodbye Thursday to a young mother and her two children. In the meantime, the man who police believe is responsible may also be a person of interest in an unrelated rape case.
Private funerals were held for 23-year-old Heather Jackson, her 3-year-old daughter, Celina, and 18-month-old son, Wayne. The three were found dead last weekend inside their Sandusky home.
Charged with the murders is 41-year-old Curtis Clinton. He is charged with three counts of aggravated murder but was also charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl that took place five days before those murders. Now Clinton could be considered a person of interest in another rape case. A woman who was raped this summer thinks Clinton is the man who raped her.
According to Sandusky's interim assistant police chief, after the police's initial press conference on Clinton's arrest, an anonymous caller told police he or she believed Clinton was one of two unknown assailants involved in a July 10 rape case. Police say because of the call, they will consider Clinton a person of interest in that case until DNA tests brings more conclusive evidence.
At this time, Clinton is charged with three counts of murder, one count of rape in an unrelated incident, and is the person of interest in another rape case in Sandusky.
Sandusky County prosecutors will host a special grand jury later this month to hear the cases against Clinton. There is no word yet on when Clinton will be charged with the new rape charges.
If indicted on the murder charges, Clinton could face the death penalty.