Trial Date Set In Dismemberment Death

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - An ex-convict accused of killing and dismembering a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from the Wayne County Fair will go to trial March 3.

Joel D. Yockey, 46, of Wooster, appeared in Wayne County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday where he was appointed an attorney, David Doughten of Cleveland.

Yockey (pictured, above) pleaded innocent last week to aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of Kristen Jackson of Wooster. He is being held without bond in the county jail.

Jackson 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 her torso has 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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