Homicide indictment in Oberlin man’s death

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A man and woman were indicted Thursday, Nov. 15 on murder charges connected to the death of Oberlin resident Barry Spreng Jr.

The 38-year-old was allegedly stabbed to death Sept. 5 at Windsor Elementary School in Elyria.

Phillip Tucker, 21, of Paso Robles, Calif., faces two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault, three counts of murder, and single counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Gloria Watton, 18, of Prescott, Ariz., is facing two counts of complicity to murder, two counts of complicity to aggravated robbery, two counts of complicity to felonious assault. and a single count of complicity to theft.

All of the counts except for theft and complicity to theft specify that the offenses took place in a school safety zone.

The pair are being held at the Lorain County Jail and will be arraigned Nov. 29 in common pleas court.

Around 2:21 a.m. on the day Spreng died, police responded to a tip that a person was passed out in the 264 Windsor Dr. parking lot. They found Spreng with multiple stab wounds, according to Elyria police.

He was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived.

Arrest warrants were issued for Tucker and 19-year-old Joshua Hohn of Elyria on the same day.

Watton was also considered a “person of interest” in the case, according to police.

Police said she apparently fled with the two men in a stolen gray 2007 Hyundai Sonata. The three were taken into custody after a high-speed chase the next morning in Oklahoma City after the car crashed into a utility pole and fence.

Hohn was flown to Oklahoma University Medical Center in critical condition.

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