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Not guilty plea entered for man accused of Butler Twp. quadruple fatal shooting; $10M bond remains

DAYTON — The man accused of killing four people in Butler Twp. in August will remain jailed on a $10 million bond.

Stephen Marlow, 39, appeared in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court virtually Tuesday morning for his arraignment. There, Marlow stood mute and Judge Dennis Adkins entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The judge also maintained the $10 million dollar bond previously set in Vandalia Municipal Court.

On Nov. 10, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Marlow on 12 counts of aggravated murder for the killings of Clyde and Eva Knox, and Sarah and Kayla Anderson. He was also indicted on eight counts of aggravated burglary and one count each of having weapons while under disability and tampering with evidence.

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Sarah Anderson, 42, had just returned home on Hardwicke Place from grocery shopping when Marlow allegedly shot her in her garage on Aug. 5. He then went inside the house and shot 15-year-old Kayla Anderson while she was on the phone with a friend.

Marlow then went to the Knox residence, also on Hardwicke Place, and shot Eva “Sally” Knox, 79, in the doorway of a detached garage, and Cylde Knox, 82, as he sat in a lawn chair.

After a nationwide manhunt, he was taken into custody by police in Lawrence, Kansas just over 24 hours after the shooting.

During the search of Marlow’s property following the shooting, investigators found a computer and a document talking about conspiracy theories. Documents indicated that Marlow believed his neighbors were almost all “sleeper cell terrorists,” according to an affidavit and statement of facts.

In an amended complaint against Marlow, a detective revealed that Marlow owned a storage unit on North Dixie Drive.

“Surveillance video showed Stephen entered the property on the day of the incident at 11:12 a.m.; he exited at 11:27 a.m.; just minutes before the murders,” according to the affidavit and statement of facts.

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When detectives executed a search warrant on the storage unite and found an empty soft gun case that would normally hold an AR-15 style rifle, handgun and riffle ammunition and some writings on warfare.

The charges Marlow is facing, in addition to three Aggravating Circumstance Specifications attached to each aggravated murder count, makes him eligible for the death penalty, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. said in a news conference on Nov. 10.

The death penalty is not something we ask for in many cases at all. The death penalty should be reserved for the most horrific and shocking crimes. This case certainly meets that criteria,” Heck previously said.

The last time that the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office sought the death penalty was in 2017.

It was announced in court Tuesday that private attorney Dennis Lieberman would be joining Marlow’s defense team.

Marlow is set to appear in court next on Dec. 7, according to court records.