ASHLAND -- One adult and three juveniles now face felony charges in connection with the shooting that killed a man and injured a woman at Almond Tree Inn late Monday in Ashland.
Gregg Kuzawa II, 18, of 502 Ohio St., was charged by complaint in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, according to a news release from Ashland County prosecutor Chris Tunnell.
Three male juveniles ranging in age from 16 to 17 were charged in Ashland Juvenile Court, Tunnell said. The prosecutor's office has a policy of not naming juveniles charged in court.
Each of the four teens face charges of complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated burglary and complicity to attempted murder. The complaints also include firearm specifications.
Asked why the suspects were charged as complictors rather than as principals in the murder offense, Tunnell said his office regularly charges crimes involving multiple conspirators in this way. There is little legal difference between charges for complicitors and principals.
"When you have different people doing different things, all in support of one goal, the charges don't really parcel out," Tunnell said. "If you had a part in it, you're in it just the same as if you did it by yourself."
The four suspects allegedly conspired to commit the offenses that resulted in the shooting death of 26-year-old Timothy Maust, of Ashland.
Tunnell declined to say which of the suspects is believed to have fired the weapon.
The shooting occurred around 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Almond Tree Inn, a short-term apartment complex at 1423 Cleveland Avenue. Maust's body was taken to Cuyahoga County for an autopsy.
Elizabeth Bunnell, 28, sustained gunshot injuries in the incident and was treated at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
In his press release, Tunnell praised the efforts of local law enforcement agencies, saying their cooperation led to the quick apprehension of the suspects.
"The fast-acting response and collaborative efforts of all the agencies involved led to the capture of numerous fugitives in a short period of time and helped assure the public's safety," Tunnell said.
The Ashland Police Department is leading the investigation and was assisted by Ashland County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ashland County Coroner's Office. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the scene.
Tunnell declined to elaborate on specific facts of the case, including the motive for the crimes, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. However, he indicated there is no reason to believe the public is in danger.
"These victims and suspects were known to each other," he said.
Kuzawa is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing via video conference Wednesday afternoon. He is being held at the Ashland County Jail, while the other suspects were taken to juvenile detention facilities in Richland and Erie counties.