- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A jury next week will begin considering whether a 19-year-old from southwest Ohio should face the death penalty after finding him guilty of aggravated murder in the slaying of another young man.

The jury in Lebanon - between Dayton and Cincinnati - on Wednesday night found Austin Myers guilty in the January killing of 18-year-old Justin Back during a burglary of the victim’s home near Waynesville. Back was strangled and stabbed, then shot after he was dead. His body was dumped several counties away.

Staring Monday, the same panel will hear evidence from both sides and decide whether to recommend the death penalty for Myers. The judge ultimately will make the decision.

The jury deliberated about five hours Wednesday before convicting Myers of nine charges including aggravated murder. Prosecutors say Myers planned the crime and bought materials used in cleaning up after the slaying, including septic chemicals designed to hasten decomposition, according to the Dayton Daily News. (https://bit.ly/10mhKdl )

Myers and 19-year-old Timothy Mosley are accused of killing Back, who was about enter the Navy, during a burglary and then dumping his body in Preble County, north of Dayton. Prosecutors dropped the death penalty specifications against Mosley in exchange for his testimony against Myers.

Myers’ lawyers urged the jury to hold Mosley responsible instead.

The trial was conducted under heavy security after officials received credible threats against Myers and Mosley.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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