Trial For Two Cochranton-Area Murder Suspects Delayed Until March

January 11, 2013
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A Crawford County judge Friday delayed the trial of two Cochranton-area women who are charged with killing and burying an Ohio woman last May.

Judge Mark Stevens ordered a hearing to determine if 19 year-old Ashley Barber is mentally competent to stand trial, and a psychiatric hearing for 19 year-old Jade Olmstead.

Barber and Olmstead are accused of criminal homicide, conspiracy and tampering with evidence in the death of 19 year-old Brandy Stevens, from Beaver Township, Ohio.  Stevens was beaten and buried in a shallow grave on Barber family property in Wayne Township near Cochranton.

Judge Stevens postponed the trial until at least March.  The suspects remain lodged without bail in the Crawford County Jail.

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