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Cochranton homicide hearing delayed

Submitted Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:34am by Andy Alm

The preliminary hearing of two Cochranton women accused of killing a Boardman, Ohio area woman last month has been pushed back a month.   The hearing of 20-year-old Ashley Marie Barber and 18-year-old Jade Nichole Olmstead was scheduled for Monday and has been continued until July 25th at 9:30 a.m. in the office of District Magistrate Michael Rossi.

Barber and Olmstead on May 24th allegedly confessed to State Police to having a role in killing 20-year-old Brandy Rosine Stevens and burying her in a shallow grave on their property on Drake Hill Road in Cochranton.

Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell says the hearing was continued because the results of an autopsy of Stevens’ body are not yet complete.  Schell says Stevens had “multiple injuries from multiple objects,” but has yet to hear back from a forensic pathologist on her official cause of death.

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