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Man avoids death penalty in pregnant teen's killing

Associated Press Published: May 11, 2014 4:00 AM

AKRON -- An Ohio man has avoided the death penalty in the killing of a 16-year-old pregnant girl.

Although 26-year-old David Stoddard of Barberton will avoid execution, a Summit County jury decided Friday that he must spend the rest of his life in prison for aggravated murder, reckless homicide and other crimes.

Formal sentencing and statements from the family and friends of 16-year-old Anna Karam are set for May 23.

Police said Anna was baby-sitting at an Akron home on Jan. 6, 2013, when Stoddard came in through a back door and started firing.

Anna, who was four months pregnant, was killed. A 19-year-old woman was shot in the head but survived.

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Witnesses said Stoddard had been looking for his ex-girlfriend, who wasn't there at the time.

Anna's older brother, Tyler Karam, 23, said he has no sympathy for Stoddard and is satisfied that he'll be behind bars the rest of his life.

"He crushed my whole family," Karam said. "He deserves everything he gets."

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