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South African theology student allegedly murdered four people in two states more than a decade ago, prosecutors say

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Source: Summit County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Mar. 18 2022, Published 2:30 p.m. ET

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A South African former theology student who was convicted of killing two people in New Mexico also faces two additional murder accusations in Ohio, authorities said.

In February 2011, Muziwokuthula S. Madonda, 44, allegedly fatally shot Jaquelyn Hilder, a 60-year-old bank executive, during a robbery at her home in Akron, Ohio, WHIO reported.

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Days later, on Feb. 19, 2001, Madonda is accused of luring an acquaintance, Zenzele D. Mdadane, 25, of South Africa, to Butler, Ohio, “with plans to murder him and assume the victim’s identity,” the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.

“When the victim arrived in Dayton, the defendant drove him to a wooded area in Butler Township and fatally shot him,” prosecutors claimed. “The defendant took the victim’s belongings and fled to New Mexico.”

A month later, on March 20, 2011, Madonda allegedly fatally shot two men at a hotel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and then headed to Texas, where he was arrested at a motel, prosecutors said.

Investigators searching Madonda’s vehicle “found a .38 caliber revolver that was used in all four homicides,” law enforcement officials told WHIO.

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Madonda pleaded guilty to the New Mexico slayings and a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The Akron case is ongoing, and Madonda will face charges in Butler once that trial is over.

Madonda came to the United States in 2008 to study theology at a seminary in Georgia, according to officials.

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Source: Summit County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH
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