Suspect charged in Put-in-Bay murder - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Man accused of murdering MMA fighter on Put-in-Bay island pleads not guilty

Philip Masterson Philip Masterson
Zachary Brody Zachary Brody
OTTAWA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

The man accused of killing a 25-year-old Westlake man on Put-in-Bay island appeared in court Thursday morning.

27-year-old Zachary Brody is accused of murdering Phil Masterson. The Bowling Green man pleaded not guilty.

Masterson's family found his body Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area near the Island Club. His family knew he had gone up to Put-in-Bay and were concerned when he didn't return.

BCI agents got onto the island around 6AM Wednesday. Masterson's body was removed from the island on the 8AM ferry.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

At this time, deputies are continuing to investigate the possible motive and relationship between Brody and Masterson.

Masterson was an MMA fighter, 2004 graduate of St. Ignatius High School and was engaged to be married.

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