Authorities Decide on Location of Killing of Inmate in Van< < Back to
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities have decided that an inmate strangled in a prison system transport van died in a county just south of Columbus.
An investigation first explored whether the killing in a moving vehicle happened in two other counties.
Defendant Casey Pigge was indicted June 2 in Pickaway County on one count of aggravated murder.
The 29-year-old Pigge has pleaded not guilty. His attorney declined to comment until a July 14 hearing.
Authorities say the body of 61-year-old prisoner David Johnson was discovered Feb. 1 after the van arrived at the Ross County Correctional Institution in Chillicothe following a trip to Columbus for inmate medical care.
Pigge was previously convicted of killing an inmate at another Ohio prison in 2016 and his ex-girlfriend’s mother in 2009 in Ross County.