A convicted sex offender released from prison in November has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio State University student.
Grove City police said in a news release that 29-year-old Brian Golsby was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes.
Tokes' nude body was found Thursday near a park entrance in Grove City after she was last seen leaving work at a Columbus restaurant Wednesday night. She was then reported missing by her off-campus roommates and co-workers when she never made it home.
Tokes grew up outside Toledo, and was a fourth-year psychology major at Ohio State due to graduate in May.
Grove City Police Sgt. Chris White said at a news conference Saturday that Tokes was shot twice in the head. A coroner didn't find any other visible injuries but would be testing a rape kit, White said.
Golsby was arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday after being identified as a suspect through DNA evidence gathered in and around Tokes' car, which was found not far from where Golsby was living in Columbus, White said. Police believe Tokes encountered Golsby not long after she left the restaurant shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The charges against Golsby also were based on statements he gave to police, White said.
Asked if Golsby had confessed, White said: "He gave us details of these events of that night that closely match what we're finding."
White said there was no evidence of a connection between Tokes and Golsby and that the first interaction between them is believed to have happened shortly after Tokes left work the night of her murder.
Golsby registered as a sex offender after being released from prison. He pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus to aggravated robbery and attempted rape charges in May 2011 and received a six-year sentence. Golsby will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday.
Tokes' uncle, Jeff McCrary, issued a statement on behalf of her family to WSYX-WTTE-TV.Read More...
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