Suspect Arraigned In Teen-Ager's Slaying

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - An ex-convict pleaded innocent Monday to the slaying of a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from the Wayne County Fair.

Joel D. Yockey, 46, of Wooster, pleaded innocent to aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape at an arraignment before Wayne County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark K. Wiest.

Yockey (pictured, above) was arraigned by video hookup from the county jail, where he is being held without bond in the death of Kristen Jackson of Wooster.

She disappeared while walking to meet her family at the county fairgrounds Sept. 9. Her head and limbs were found five days later in a swampy area near Wooster, but the torso was not been found.

Yockey, who could get the death sentence if convicted, was released from prison in March after serving 15 years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for raping a 17-year-old girl in Wayne County.

After he was released from prison, Yockey lived with his parents, who live several blocks from Kristen's home.

Yockey had been classified as a sexually oriented offender, requiring him to register with the sheriff's office, but wasn't subject to having neighbors notified of his presence in the area.

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