DAYTON — A jury convicted an Englewood man Friday of killing his roommate in May 2014. A jury found John Cochran, 31, guilty of murder and felonious assault.
Cochran stabbed his roommate Mark Gershon, 52, to death on May 28, 2014 following an argument.
Police said Gershon barricaded himself in his Savina Avenue bedroom, but Cochran broke into the room and stabbed him repeatedly with a small sword. Another roommate tried to intervene and ended up with cuts on his hands. Cochran was also a caregiver for Gershon who was battling cancer.
On the evening of Wednesday, May 28 Gershon called 9-1-1 to report that he had been assaulted by one of his roommates. During the 9-1-1 call Cochran entered the room and repeatedly stabbed Gershon. Emergency responders arrived and and found Gershon had been mortally wounded.
The case was Englewood’s first homicide in seven years.
The jury reached a verdict after about three hours of deliberations. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael Tucker remanded Cochran to the county jail and set sentencing for Wednesday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m.