Court rejects guilty plea from Richland County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body

Court rejects guilty plea from Richland County man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body
Richland County husband accused of killing wife and dumping her body expected in court

RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The 21-year-old man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body in a wooded area on the side of the road was arraigned in Mansfield Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Alec Blair is charged with murder for the death of Gaberien Clevenger, 22.

Blair attempted to plead guilty on Wednesday at his initial appearance, but the judge said the court did not have the jurisdiction to accept his plea.

Richland County husband accused of killing wife and dumping her body expected in court

Richland County Sheriff’s Office said Clevenger was reported missing to Shelby police on Feb. 10. Investigators learned that Clevenger was last seen in Blair’s Jeep.

Richland County deputies and Shelby police officers located the Jeep at his workplace and said evidence inside the Jeep “led them to believe a crime had been committed.”

Officers said after an interview with police, Blair led them to Clevenger’s body, which was in a wooded area on the west side of Bowman Road, just south of SR 96.

Clevenger’s cause of death has not been released, but according to a police report the weapon was a “knife/cutting instrument".

It was also later learned that deputies said the couple was planning on getting a divorce, according to police.

Blair is currently locked up in the Richland County Jail. His bond was set at $1 million.

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