Ohio man, 75, charged with slayings of 2 women from 1970s

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 75-year-old Ohio man faces murder charges in the unsolved slayings of two women outside Akron in the 1970s.

Authorities say Gustave Sapharas was arrested Friday by Tallmadge police for the stabbing deaths of 18-year-old Louise Bentz in 1970 and 21-year-old Loretta Jean Davis in 1975. Both were killed in Tallmadge.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams says police began re-investigating Bentz's death in 2013 and eventually connected both slayings to Sapharas, who also faces kidnapping and attempted rape charges.

The newspaper reports Sapharas was convicted of raping a Cuyahoga Falls woman in the 1970s and was acquitted in the 1991 slaying of a Columbus woman.

Sapharas is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Summit County.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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