Dan Jenkins, 51, of Akron was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Harrison County Municipal Court on Saturday and was being held without bond in the Tuscarawas County jail.
In response to a reporter's question as he left court in the custody of deputies, Jenkins denied killing brothers William Lockard, 61, and Duane Lockard, 60.
Their bodies were found Nov. 2 a half-mile apart in woods near Tappan Lake, northwest of Cadiz.
Jenkins went bow hunting for deer with the brothers just a few days before the Lockards were shot, said Matthew Puskarich, the Harrison County prosecutor.
Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley said today that Jenkins confirmed he was the same man who was one of the first to find a murder victim in Deerfield on Nov. 4, 1994. Kaley interviewed Jenkins Sunday in connection with the unsolved murder investigation.
"He was very cooperative. He was one of a group of hunters in the area who made the observation of a dead body," Kaley said.
A man who identified himself as Dan Jenkins in 1994 told a Record-Courier reporter he had been hunting when he found a nude, decomposing body of a woman in a wooded area near Fewtown Road on the north side of the Berlin Reservoir in Deerfield. The woman's identity remains undetermined. Kaley said the case remains under investigation.
A casual conversation at an Akron grocery may have provided the big break in the case of the death of the Suffield men, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Sunday.
An employee and customer at the grocery told police that Jenkins had told them on Nov. 1 about the two hunters who were shot in Harrison County. However, the bodies weren't discovered until the next day.
"He said his two buddies got killed," customer Robert Dolgos, 52, said. "He said, 'They got shot."'
Witnesses can place Jenkins in the area when the brothers were shot, even though he told law enforcement authorities he was not in the county that day, investigators allege in a court affidavit.
Each victim was shot once in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun. They were robbed of wallets and about $5,000 in cash, the prosecutor said.
Harrison County Sheriff Mark Miller met with Lt. Jimm Redmond of the sheriff's office in Clay County, Fla., to determine if there is a connection between Jenkins and the 1993 shooting deaths of Don Hill, 63, and Gregory Allan Wood, 35, both of Orange Park, Fla. Jenkins was issued a Florida driver's license in 1989 with an address in Palm Springs, Fla.
The two Florida men, both hunters, were shot in the head at close range and robbed of their wallets. The bodies were found five days apart.