COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that several marijuana-growing operations were found at the crime scenes.
Investigators said at a news conference that it's unclear what, if any, role the marijuana growing had in Friday's killings at four homes near Piketon. Marijuana, both recreational and medicinal, is illegal in the state.
They also told residents they are safe but to arm themselves if they're fearful.
The killings were "a sophisticated operation," Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a news conference in the small community that has been on edge since seven adults and one teenage boy were found shot in the head. Authorities remained tight-lipped Sunday about details of the investigation, any suspects or motives for the crime.