Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said Burkhart and Hayton were each shot in the head. Although Hayton was hit by multiple gunshots, her unborn child was not hit by bullets but died because Hayton died, the coroner said.
Rodgers was the sole person of interest in the case, Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said after the deadly shootings.
He was arrested the day Burkhart’s body was found for having a weapon as a convicted felon.
As part of the police investigation into the homicides, detectives searched a Groveland Avenue house where they found a handgun determined to have been used to kill both victims, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Rodgers will not be eligible for parole consideration until he has spent at least 72 years in prison.
“This was a tragic and senseless homicide case that took the lives of two young adults and their unborn child. This defendant will now spend the rest of his life in prison,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said.