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Grand jury indicts man accused of killing woman, son over $4

Wire • Dec 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

A Toledo man charged with killing a woman and her teenage son over $4 was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury Tuesday.

Daurin Patton, 27, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery, each with gun specifications.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Authorities said Patton shot and killed Veronica Serrano, 34, and her son Timothy Blair, 14, on Nov. 26 on the front porch of the family's Page Street home. Ms. Serrano's older son, Gary Blair, 17, witnessed the shooting, according to authorities.

Family members of the victims gathered outside Toledo Municipal Court on Tuesday before the indictment was handed up, rallying for "justice" and the death penalty for Patton.

Henry Serrano wore a sign in front of the courthouse for several hours. He was joined outside by his nephew Jake Serrano, both of Clinton Township, Michigan, and about 10 other family members and friends inside the courthouse.

Mr. Serrano said Tuesday night that the family was disappointed to hear that the indictment didn't include the death-penalty option, but said the family planned to picket at every court hearing.

"I've done a lot of research and people who have done less than that ... have gotten the death penalty, so we don't really understand why," he said.

"But we can't give up on trying; he took two loved ones from us."

Relatives say that the brothers, Gary and Timothy Blair, were outside a North Toledo carryout at Mulberry and Page streets when they were approached by a man who assaulted and robbed Gary of the $4 in cash.

Minutes later, the man came back and quarreled with the teens outside their home.

Authorities say Patton opened fire with a rifle, hitting Ms. Serrano and her son.

Prosecutor Julia Bates said that her office considers every offense that fits the facts and circumstances of the case when presenting information to the grand jury.

What the grand jurors do with that information is "known only to them," she said.

"We accept the system under which we operate by," she said, noting that charges are ultimately a decision by the grand jury.

Mrs. Bates declined further comment.

Mr. Serrano said Tuesday that Ms. Serrano and her son have not been buried yet because the cost to transport the bodies from Ohio to Michigan and hold two funerals is expensive.

He said the family is caring for Ms. Serrano's five surviving children -- ranging in age from 4 to 17 -- whose father died about two years ago.

Patton remained last night in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

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By Taylor Dungjen - The Blade, Toledo (MCT)

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