June 30, 2016


Home invasion suspect could face death penalty

ELYRIA — An Elyria man charged with murder in connection with a botched robbery that left two dead and a third critically wounded learned today that he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Brady Phillips, 38, gave only one-word answers during his initial appearance before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves via a video link to the Lorain County Jail, where he is being held.

Locke Graves didn’t give Phillips bond on the murder charge, warning him that he could be in-dicted on a capital murder charge. A preliminary hearing on the charges against Phillips, which also include felonious assault and aggravated robbery, is set for Wednesday afternoon.

Police have said Phillips and Herminio Serrano, 38, forced their way into a David Drive apartment with the intention of robbing the men who lived there, David McDonough, 31, and Michael Stump, 30.

In a 911 call, McDonough told a police dispatcher that he and Stump fought the would-be robbers for their guns. In the scuffle, Serrano was shot six times and died. McDonough was shot in the stomach and is listed in critical condition at a Cleveland hospital.

Stump, who was shot in the head, died from the wound Monday.

Phillips, who police say fled the robbery scene, was arrested Monday night.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

Listen to the 911 call (Warning: Contains harsh language):

About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.