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Man sought in 5 slayings killed himself, police say

Associated Press / March 7, 2009
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CLEVELAND - Police say a man suspected of killing his wife, his sister-in-law, and three young children killed himself after being confronted by police.

Police Lieutenant Thomas Stacho said 33-year-old Davon Crawford shot himself in the head yesterday afternoon in a bathroom at a house believed to be the home of a relative.

Stacho said authorities surrounded the house and forced their way through the front door.

Crawford's wife, Lechea, was among those killed in the couple's home Thursday night.

The other victims killed were Lechea Crawford's sister Rose Stevens, 25, and Stevens's three children: 4-year-old Destiny Woods and 2-year-old twins Dion and Davion Primm.

A fifth child was wounded and was being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center, which withheld the 7-year-old's name and condition at the family's request.

Two other boys in the house, ages 12 and 13, fled unharmed and one called 911, officials said.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said it appears that some sort of domestic argument sparked the shootings, which he called "one of the worst multiple shootings that I've seen in a long time."

Crawford was convicted in 1995 of voluntary manslaughter, according to prison records.

He was released in 2000 and sent back in 2002 on a felonious assault conviction involving domestic violence, according to prison records. Crawford was freed again in 2007.

Lechea Crawford's father, Lamar Arnold, said she and Davon Crawford had just gotten married.

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