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One Cochranton-Area Murder Defendant Pleads Guilty In Death Of Ohio Woman

November 1, 2013

One of two defendants in the murder case proceedings in the death of an Ohio woman in the Cochranton area last year abruptly entered a guilty plea to a charge of first-degree murder Thursday in Crawford County Court.

20 year-old Jade Olmstead was then sentenced to life in prison without parole.

For the guilty plea, charges of conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence were withdrawn.

Olmstead and 20 year-old Ashley Barber were charged in the death of 19 year-old Brandy Stevens, from Beaver Township, Ohio in May, 2012 at a property owned by Barber’s family in Wayne Township.

Investigators say Stevens had been beaten, kicked and bludgeoned with a shovel, and had then been buried in a shallow grave.  Autopsy evidence showed the victim was probably still alive when she was buried.

Olmstead was to have faced trial later this month.  A trial for Barber is scheduled for January.

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