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3 Homicide Suspects Arraigned, Judge Sets Bond At $1 Million Each

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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 jail.

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 shot Rundblad.

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.

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