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4 men charged in murder of restaurant owner Jim Brennan, one an employee

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All four have been charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police) All four have been charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. (Source: Cleveland Heights Police)
Jim Brennan was well loved by the community. (Source: Cleveland Heights Observer) Jim Brennan was well loved by the community. (Source: Cleveland Heights Observer)
The shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. on Monday. (Source: WOIO) The shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. on Monday. (Source: WOIO)
Cleveland Heights Police made the announcement of multiple arrests during a news conference on Wednesday. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland Heights Police made the announcement of multiple arrests during a news conference on Wednesday. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Chris Armington owns the popular Tavern Company just across the street from Brennan's Colony on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. He worked for Jim Brennan for 13 years before opening his own business.

"I wouldn't be here without him," said Armington.

That's why Armington was devastated when he heard the beloved Brennan had been murdered execution style in a robbery on Monday.

Armington told 19 Action News reporter Dawn Kendrick that the suspects should "get a job" and end the violence.

Turns out one of the four suspects now charged with aggravated murder and robbery had a job-at The Colony! Brennan had recently hired 23-year-old Brandon Jones to work in the kitchen.

Edward Babcox of Cleveland Heights worked with Jones the day before the murder.

"He gave Brandon a few chances. There were times that he wasn't a very good worker and Jim helped him out a couple of times. That's the kind of guy JB was," said Babcox. 

"It makes me sick that this guy worked there," said Armington.

Police won't say if Jones was in the restaurant Monday when Brennan was murdered.

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeff Robertson told 19 Action News, "You can't get infuriated. You hurt and are sad just like all the people who knew Jim Brennan. Our job is to find out what happened and that's what we're doing."

Also charged was Brandon's brother, 21-year-old Darien Jones, and brothers 26-year-old Devon Turner and Paul Turner, all of Cleveland. The Turners have extensive rap sheets including aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, and animal cruelty.  

The law says innocent until proven guilty, but if these guys are responsible for the cold blooded murder of such a pillar of this community, Babcox says, "I hope he understands what he has done to everybody. The colony family. This community."

Police arrested the five people on Wednesday, but only four were charged. Detectives are still searching for additional suspects. 

Brennan was killed during an attempted robbery on Monday, June 30. 

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