On Sunday, January 6th at 3:56 a.m. Akron Police responded to a call regarding a shooting that took place on the 200 block of Archwood. Upon arrival to the scene, police found a 16-year-old girl lifeless in the living room; she was shot to death. A 19-year-old female was also found lying in the kitchen suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. More >>
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -
The 24-year-old man accused in a double shooting that left a pregnant 16-year-old dead and a 19-year-old injured went before a judge on Monday.
David Stoddard entered a not guilty plea to aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. The judge set his bond at $250K cash.
The shooting happened Sunday morning at 261 Archwood at a house neighbors say was a notorious party house.
Akron Police say Stoddard was looking for his ex-girlfriend at the home on Archwood.
Officers found the pregnant 16-year-old girl, identified as Anna Karam, fatally shot in the head at the home. The 19-year-old victim, identified as Jessica Halman of Norton, was rushed to Akron General Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head. Halman's condition is not known at this time.
There were several others in the home at the time of the incident. They were not hurt. They say Anna Karam was trying to protect the 12 year old boy she was babysitting when she was shot.
"Anna was just here trying to protect another little boy. She was running down the stairs making sure the other kid was fine. That's all she was doing. She had a big heart. She would have been a great mom," said David Nelson, who says he tried to prevent Stoddard from coming in the house.
Nelson says Stoddard's gun jammed a short time after he opened fire, and that that was what saved everyone else's life.
"He asked me if I'd kill him. You know what I'm saying - put the gun in his mouth and asked me if I'd kill him. And for a second I wanted to do it. He just took my best friends life."
Stoddard was arrested several hours later at a Wadsworth motel.
19 Action News has learned Stoddard, an Army veteran, has a record that includes one prior concealed weapons charge from November 13. He was out on bond for that charge.