An Akron teenager accused of murdering a high school friend and father of the friend has been indicted on murder and other related counts. Bryan May and his son, Jeremy Putra, were found stabbed to death in their Akron home by police answering an early morning call. Pitts was a high school classmate of Putra and reportedly had been taken in by the May household.
Robert Thomas Pitts, Jr., 19, formerly of South Rose Boulevard faces four counts of aggravated murder, two murder counts, two counts of aggravated robbery and an additional charge of injuring animals. The aggravated murder indictments include a possible death sentence if convicted.
Pitts allegedly stole May's vehicle, which was later found in Ashtabula County, and fled to Chicago where he was arrested. He is being extradited from Illinois back to Ohio.
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(Summit County Prosecutor) Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh today announced that Robert Thomas Pitts, 19, of South Rose Boulevard in Akron, has been indicted in the murders of Jeremy Putra and Bryan May.
Pitts is charged with:
- Four counts of Aggravated Murder, each with two death specifications
- Two counts of Murder
- Two counts of Aggravated Robbery, both felonies of the first degree
- Injuring Animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree
If convicted of any count of Aggravated Murder with at least one death specification, Pitts can be sentenced to death.
“Bryan May and Jeremy Putra generously opened their home to Robert Thomas Pitts, who was a longtime friend of Jeremy’s since childhood,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “This is truly a senseless tragedy, and my office will do everything in its power to seek justice for Bryan May and Jeremy Putra.”
Pitts is being extradited from the Cook County Jail in Illinois. Arraignment is set for August 7.