Death penalty indictment filed against man accused of killing woman, 4-year-old daughter

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Kristofer Garrett (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The man accused of killing his young daughter and the mother of his child could face the death penalty, if he's convicted.

The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office filed a death penalty indictment against 24-year-old Kristofer Garrett for the January 5th murders of Christina Duckson, 4, and Nicole Duckson, 34.

Poilce said Garrett waited at their home in the 2000 block of Fleet Road in southeast Columbus and brutally stabbed both victims when they exited the house that morning. Duckson was supposed to pick up a co-worker that morning, and when she didn’t arrive, the co-worker went to Nicole’s residence to check on her, only to find both bodies in the backyard of the house. Police and medics were dispatched to the scene where both victims were pronounced dead.

“This man waited in the early morning hours for a mother and daughter to come out of their home, only to viciously stab them to death," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

Garrett was charged with three counts of aggravated murder, including one charge for a victim under the age of 13, and tampering with evidence.

Arraignment for this death penalty case is set for Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 South High Street in downtown Columbus.