3rd Suspect in Murder of Cleveland Car Dealership Couple Refuses Plea Deal

The third suspect charged in the murders of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik, the owners of a car dealership in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, refused a plea deal Wednesday morning.

Michael and Trina Kuznik
Michael and Trina Kuznik

Jerome Diggs was indicted on the charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault, murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, grant theft, injuring animals and cruelty to animals.

Tomola and Kuznik owned Mr. Cars II on East 185th Street.

The couple and their dog were shot and killed at the business on April 14, 2017.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors, Diggs, Andrew Keener and Joseph McAlpin drove to the dealership to steal cars.

The three men allegedly planned to sell the cars and split the profit.

Prosecutors said McAlpin went into the dealership, while Keener and Diggs waited outside.

Joseph McAlpin at sentencing
Joseph McAlpin at sentencing (Source: WOIO)

McAlpin then shot the couple and their dog before stealing keys to a BMW and a Mercedes and cash.

McAlpin drove off in the BMW and Keener drove off in the Mercedes.

Diggs allegedly followed them in their original vehicle.

Family members found the bodies of the couple later that day.

Diggs, McAlpin and Keener were all arrested by Cleveland police several months after the murders.

A jury found McAlpin guilty and he was sentenced to death in May 2019.

Keener pleaded guilty and testified against McAlpin, but has not yet been sentenced.

Diggs is now scheduled for trial on April 5 in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan.

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