Alleged killer of local man could face death penalty
Fox indicted on five felony charges, including aggravated murder
John R. Fox, who was arrested Jan. 17 for the murder of a man from Highland County, could be facing the death penalty, according to The Record-Courier.
The Record-Courier reports that on Thursday, Jan. 23, Fox was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder, both unclassified felonies; one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
The indictments allow “the full range of possible penalties,” according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, which includes lethal injection.
Fox is currently being held in the Portage County Jail on a $3 million bond, according to The Record-Courier.
Fox, 34, of Franklin Township, was arrested after police inspected subpoenaed evidence connecting him to the murder of Justin Earley.
Earley’s body was found on Jan. 17 in a closet, wrapped in a comforter, in a Portage County apartment. It is believed he was murdered on Dec. 30, a day before a missing person’s report was filed for him.
The Record-Courier reports that the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the grand jury “allege that Fox kidnapped, robbed, and murdered Earley on or about Dec. 30, then left his body in his closet until it was discovered.”
In addition, the allegations of aggravated murder state that Fox “purposely, and with prior calculation and design” caused the death of Earley, who was 22 and a graduate of Hillsboro High School.
According to Portage County court records, an initial trial date for Fox has been set for Aug. 4.
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