July 23, 2016

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2 — Chatham historian killed in his home

The death of Frank Munz on June 3 shocked the Chatham Township community. Munz was attacked in his Richman Road home while his nephew, Paul Munz, hid in a closet and called 911.

At a gathering of Munz’s friends later that month, they referred to him as a “Renaissance man.” He loved Chatham’s history and was president of the historical society. He built harpsichords and listened to classical music.

Munz was 73 when he was killed. Neighbor Steven Cepec, 42, who has been in and out of prison, is charged in Munz’s death.

In December, Cepec pleaded not guilty to murder charges, which carry the death penalty. He is charged with four counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.

“I think to understand it, you have to look in the mind of someone who did it, which is probably confusing as a bowl of spaghetti,” said Richard Pichon, one of Munz’s high school friends.

Sheriff’s deputies found Cepec in the woods behind Munz’s property after he allegedly fled the scene.

He initially was held in the Medina County Jail and then taken into custody by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for a parole violation. He is incarcerated in the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

Cepec’s trial is scheduled to begin March 14. If he is convicted and sentenced to death, it would be the first such sentence in Medina County in decades.

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