November 23, 2014

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$2.5 million bond for Lorain slaying suspect

LORAIN – A Lorain man charged in connection with the shooting death of a Lorain teen last week is being held on a $2.5 million bond.

But Mike Duff, the defense attorney for Marlo Sanford, 20, said his client is innocent and the bond is too high.

“He did not do this,” Duff said. “He had no reason to do this.”

Christopher Hill, 16, was shot in the face about 5:15 p.m. June 22 as he sat in a parked car at the corner of Long Avenue and West 18th Street. He died a day later in a Cleveland hospital.

Hill’s shooting is one of three that have Lorain police working overtime to solve. Marquis McCall, 18, died after being shot in the chest on June 22 five blocks from where Hill was shot.

Police are also investigating the June 21 shooting in which two men were shot near West 18th Street and Oakdale Avenue by a gunman in a passing car.

No arrests have been made in the other shootings, according to police.

Sanford has an extensive criminal record dating to his days as a juvenile.

Lorain County Family Court Administrator Doug Messer said Sanford was convicted of complicity to receiving stolen property and complicity to assault in 2006.

He also was convicted of obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing in three separate cases while a juvenile, Messer said.

Sanford has a lengthy misdemeanor record in Lorain Municipal Court, including charges of not having a bicycle license, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and driving under suspension.

The most serious allegation against Sanford was a 2008 charge of unlawful sexual conduct that he pleaded no contest to in January, according to municipal court records. The victim in that case has a child with Sanford.

Sanford was arrested at Duff’s office on Saturday on an arrest warrant that had been issued Friday.

Lorain police Detective Steyven Curry said he couldn’t comment on the details of the investigation or the evidence linking Sanford to Hill’s death.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.