One of two Columbus-area men charged with dumping the lifeless body of London resident Jordyn L. Hollingsworth in a ditch in early July remains behind bars.
Corey Roberts, 24, is in the Franklin County Jail under a $15,000 surety bond.
Roberts and co-defendant Nicholas McCord, 22, were indicted by the county’s grand jury on July 17 on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records.
Roberts pleaded not guilty at a July 21 arraignment before Judge Stephen McIntosh. No arraignment is scheduled for McCord, who is free on a signature bond, records showed.
The charges stem from the men’s actions following Hollingsworth’s death of an apparent heroin overdose on July 4.
According to investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Hollingsworth and the men were using heroin at McCord’s apartment, located on Candlestick Court in Galloway.
Hollingsworth began having breathing difficulties and became unresponsive. Bu, Roberts and McCord failed to call for help and went to sleep instead.
The next morning, the men awoke to find Hollingsworth dead.
They drove her body to a secluded roadway in Brown Township, north of Interstate 70, and discarded it in a ditch adjacent to a cornfield.
A passerby discovered the body and called police about 8:45 p.m. on July 5.
Roberts is currently on probation in Madison County for a 2013 drug trafficking conviction, records showed.
A clerk said additional hearings in Roberts’ case will take place in the next two to three weeks. Attorney Robert O. Schopis was appointed to represent the man.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.