Sex Offender Charged in Ohio State Student's Death

Reagan Tokes' naked body was found near an Ohio park
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2017 5:03 PM CST

(Newser) – 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, the AP reports. Police say 29-year-old Brian Golsby was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes. Her nude body was found Thursday near a park entrance in Grove City. She was last seen leaving work at a Columbus restaurant Wednesday night and was reported missing by her roommates and co-workers when she never made it home. 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 4am 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 10pm 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." 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. (Read more murder stories.)

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