By Kim Palmer. The year-old boy was also charged with complicity to attempted murder over the shooting of the man, who responded to an ad for a job to care for cattle on a acre property in southern Ohio, authorities said.
An adult man was also being held in connection with the shooting and over a body found in a shallow grave near the scene of the violence, Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum said on Thursday. The shooting was the latest in a string of crimes where accused attackers were alleged to be linked to victims through postings on Craigslist, which did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
Ina former medical student was accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist, and police have been hunting for at least one serial killer in the New York area thought to prey on prostitutes who advertised on the site. Investigators found a second hole near the grave that they said may have been intended as a burial site for the South Carolina man, who was shot in the arm but survived, he said.
The South Carolina man told investigators he met the two suspects for breakfast in Marietta, Ohio, and followed them in his own car, transferring to their vehicle in Caldwell, Ohio. They drove toward a heavily wooded area and stopped after the pair told him a landslide had closed the road.
All three got out of the vehicle and they began to walk through the woods, the man told investigators. He said he heard a cocking sound, turned and saw a gun pointed at his head and deflected it.
He said he was shot in the right arm as he fled and hid for seven hours in the woods before walking two miles to a house for help. Authorities later combed the site of the shooting after being contacted by a woman from out of state who told them her twin brother had gone missing after he also responded to a Craigslist ad for work in Ohio.
An autopsy was planned by the Licking County coroner on Friday on the body found in the shallow grave, and authorities said a county judge has placed a gag order on further statements in the matter. News Updated.
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