Prosecutors seeking death penalty in Ohio student's killing

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 4:35 PM

WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio will pursue the death penalty against a man charged with killing a college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle.

The decision comes as new charges were announced Tuesday against 57-year-old James Worley.

A grand jury indicted him on kidnapping, tampering with evidence and corpse abuse charges as well as abduction and aggravated murder.

Worley has been held without bond since authorities charged him with killing 20-year-old University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin (JAW'-gihn).

Joughin's body was found in a cornfield on July 22, three days after she was bicycling just west of Toledo.

Worley's attorney has declined to comment since the arrest. A message was left with him Tuesday.

Worley was convicted in the 1990 abduction of a woman who was biking near Toledo.


This story has been corrected to show Worley was convicted in the 1990 abduction, not 1900.