Lone Suspect Indicted In Teen-Ager's Death

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - A man was indicted Thursday in the death of a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from a county fair.

Joel D. Yockey, 46, of Wooster, was charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape, and could face the death penalty if convicted, Wayne County Prosecutor Martin Frantz said.

Kristen Jackson had been at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Sept. 9 with her older sister and friends and was last seen walking toward the main gate to meet her mother.

Yockey (pictured, above) was arrested Sept. 13 for a suspected parole violation, and the girl's dismembered body was found the next day.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Jocelyn Stefancin said the indictment alleges Yockey is a violent sexual predator, a repeat violent offender and that he committed crimes to satisfy his sexual motivation.

Frantz said those specifications increase the severity of the charges and could influence a sentence.

A message seeking comment was left at the office of Beverly Wire, a Wayne County public defender representing Yockey.

The indictment, while accusing Yockey of the crimes, did not disclose details. Frantz would not discuss the evidence prosecutors may have against Yockey.

Frantz was not sure when Yockey would be arraigned, but said it might happen through a closed circuit television system in the county jail. He plans to request that Yockey be held without bail.

Yockey was released from prison in March after serving 15 years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for the 1986 kidnap-rape of a 17-year-old Wayne County girl.

Since his release, he had lived with his parents, next to a house where Kristen occasionally visited a friend.

Police said they discovered the girl's remains while searching an area they had reason to believe Yockey would have visited.

State prisons department spokeswoman Andrea Dean said Yockey was arrested on suspicion of violating a parole condition that barred him from associating with anyone under age 18.

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