Two Grove City men charged with dumping the lifeless body of a London woman along a road in western Franklin County earlier this month are slated for preliminary hearings on Thursday, July 17.
Corey Roberts, 24, and Nicholas McCord, 22, were arrested on July 7 and charged with abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of Jordyn Lacole Hollingsworth, 21. The charge is a fifth-degree felony.
Both are scheduled to face preliminary hearings in Franklin County Municipal Court to determine if evidence is sufficient to send their cases to the grand jury.
McCord is currently free after posting a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
Roberts, who was on probation for a 2013 drug-related conviction in Madison County, remains in the Franklin County Jail under a $25,000 cash or surety bond.
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Roberts, McCord and Hollingsworth were using heroin in a Galloway apartment on the night of July 4. Hollingsworth became unresponsive and had difficulty breathing. Instead of calling for medical assistance, the men went to sleep. They awoke the next morning to find Hollingsworth dead.
Roberts and McCord drove the woman’s body to a secluded portion of Jones Road in Brown Township, then dumped it in a ditch. A passerby discovered the body about 8:45 p.m. on July 5 and called authorities.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio last year. However, most of those overdoses were from opiate prescription pain medications such a Percocet.
Abusers often switch from prescription medications to heroin when prescription drugs become too expensive or unattainable, authorities say.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.