CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who called 911 to say he was hearing voices and had struck his 5-year-old son with a baseball bat has been indicted on a new aggravated murder charge that could lead to a death sentence if convicted.
Matthew Ponomarenko, 32, of Parma, was indicted by a grand jury in Cleveland earlier this week, cleveland.com reported on Friday.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Girl Sentenced For Helping 16-Year-Old Boy Accused Of Killing 4 In West Virginia
Jax Ponomarenko was found dead after the beating in March. His father was indicted on an aggravated murder charge in April that didn’t include death penalty specifications. A judge ordered Ponomarenko to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he was competent to stand trial.
Prosecutors at the time said they would consider seeking a new indictment with harsher potential penalties.READ MORE: Ahead Of Big Weekend In Pittsburgh, Doctors Recommend Masking Up Even If It's Not Required
A message-seeking comment was left with Ponomarenko’s attorney on Friday.
Ponomarenko remains jailed on a $5 million bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.MORE NEWS: Study: Odds Of School COVID-19 Flare-Up Lower With Mask Mandate
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