Homeowner accused of killing two teens in garage set for trial next week

DAYTON — Trial is scheduled next week for the homeowner accused of killing two teens in a detached garage outside his Conners Street house in 2019.

A grand jury indicted Victor Santana, 63, of Dayton, on murder, felonious assault and attempt to commit murder charges.

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Santana’s attorney entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.

Santana is accused of killing 17-year-old Dayton residents Devin Henderson and Javier Harrison.

“The evidence in this case does not demonstrate a reasonable claim of self-defense,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said.

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Santana was arrested following his indictment in November 2019 and has remained in jail since. His bond was set at $2 million.

“I just feel like they did a good thing,” said Jimmy Harrison, Javier’s father.  “Justice is moving in the right direction.

Henderson, 17, of Dayton, died after being shot twice in the back in a detached garage, according to crime scene and autopsy photos and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office records.

Harrison, also 17, was struck by gunfire in his back, arm and thigh in the garage, the records show.

Prosecutors had requested a high bond due to Santana also owning residences in Mexico and California.