Police: Ex-neighbor killed elderly couple during robbery try

PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A former neighbor killed an elderly couple during an attempted robbery at
the victims’ home, authorities said.
Kelly Dale Vokas, 40, is charged with two counts each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery,
according to the the Franklin County Sheriff’s office. She was being held without bond Monday and it
wasn’t known if she has retained an attorney.
Authorities responded to the couple’s Prairie Township home around 3:20 p.m. Sunday after someone called
911 but then hung up. The officers found John Blanc, 77, who had suffered multiple stab wounds, and his
75-year-old girlfriend, Susan Castore, who appeared to have been strangled.
Vokas, who formerly lived next door to the couple, was arrested while attempting to flee the scene,
authorities said. A preliminary investigation found Vokas may have been allowed to stay with the couple
at times after she moved away, but she was not related to either victim.
Vokas is set to make her initial court appearance Tuesday.