Burkhart, Hayton

Kayla Hayton and Todd Burkhart.

DAYTON — A trial date has been set for a Dayton man accused of killing a Mansfield couple last November.

The trial of Larry Dwayne Rodgers, 31, of Dayton, is scheduled to begin Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m., according to Greg R. Flannagan, information officer in the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.

Larry Rodgers

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office indicted Larry Dwayne Rodgers, of Dayton with four counts of aggravated murder, four counts of murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of kidnapping, four counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons while under disability, a prior offense of violence.

Rodgers is accused of murder in the shooting deaths of Todd Burkhart and Kyla Hayton and their unborn fetus. He was indicted, pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $1 million in March, according to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office indicted Rodgers with four counts of aggravated murder, four counts of murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of kidnapping, four counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons while under disability, a prior offense of violence.

Burkhart, 28, and Hayton, 20, both of Mansfield, were reported missing on Nov. 18, 2019. They were last seen on Nov. 16, 2019 dropping their daughter off at a grandparent's house in Columbus before continuing on to Dayton to allegedly purchase a firearm for a friend. 

The deceased body of of Burkhart was located inside an abandoned home at 900 W. Stewart Street in Dayton. Cadaver dogs also located Hayton's deceased body inside an abandoned home at 910 W. Stewart Street. Both victims were fatally shot in the head. Hayton was pregnant at the time of her murder.

Rodgers was arrested on a weapons charge early on in the investigation.

Each of the counts except for the weapons charge also have three-year firearm specifications attached.

The defendant is currently in the Montgomery County Jail.

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