3 Homicide Suspects Arraigned, Judge Sets Bond At $1 Million Each
By: Alex Mazer, Multimedia Content Producer - email
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Three men accused of murdering a 56-year-old man in his north Columbus home
early Monday morning have were each given a $1 million bond Tuesday.
John C. Brewster, 21, Jamel C. Preston, 19, and Marsean T. Sowards, 18, were
arraigned in the Franklin County Municipal Court Tuesday.
According to Franklin County court records, Sowards is charged with murder,
aggravated menacing, obstructing official business, drug abuse, and possessing
a weapon under disability. Brewster is charged with murder, and Preston is
charged with complicity.
The three suspects are currently being held in the Franklin County main
Sowards, Brewster and Preston are accused of murdering Rick Rundblad at his
home in the 1500 block of Hempwood Drive early Monday morning.
According to police, each of the suspects allegedly had a role in the
homicide. One of the suspects is accused of planning the robbery at Rundblad's home, a second
suspect is accused of pulling the trigger, and a third suspect is accused of
returning to the home to set the two fires.
Sowards was arrested during a traffic stop on Dublin Granville Road, near
Ambleside Drive at about 2:15 a.m. Monday, according to Columbus police. It was
later determined that he was connected to the homicide on Hempwood Drive.
Preston and Brewster were arrested a short time later at a nearby hotel.
Following the arrests, Columbus police detective Ron Jacobs says Brewster
told investigators that he and Soward had broken into Rundblad's home to steal
marijuana plants. Brewster told investigators that things took a turn during the robbery and Soward
Brewster also told investigators that he returned to the scene hours later
to set the fires inside of the residence. He told investigators that the robbery
had been planned by Preston.
The three suspects are scheduled for another court hearing on September 26.